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20130083146IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - There is provided an image recording apparatus including: a platen provided on a lower side of a first transporting path; a recording portion facing the platen; a contacting member contacts on the sheet; a transporting roller; a flap having a first surface defining the first transporting path and a second surface defining a second transporting path; a sandwiching member; and a biasing member biasing the flap toward the sandwiching member. The flap is turnable to be in a first position capable of guiding the sheet in the first transporting path and in a second position blocking the first transporting path. A lower end of the sandwiching member is positioned higher than a lower end of the contacting member.04-04-2013
20130083147TRACTOR UNIT AND PRINTER - A printer has a tractor unit with a simple configuration that can prevent the feed holes in continuous paper from disengaging the engagement pins of the tractor unit during conveyance. The tractor unit of the printer has a pair of tractors that hold the continuous paper with tractor pins (engagement pins) engaged in sprocket holes (feed holes), a drive shaft and a support shaft that support the pair of tractors, and a frame that supports the drive shaft and support shaft. The first tractor is fixed in position to the support shaft after engaging and holding one side of the continuous paper, but the support shaft is supported on the frame movably widthwise to the printer. If the continuous paper becomes skewed, the first tractor moves with the support shaft widthwise to the printer following the skew, and the sprocket holes therefore do not disengage the tractor pins.04-04-2013
20100165065Drop Coating Apparatus - A droplet applying apparatus includes a base 07-01-2010
20100118098IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus comprises a transfer unit having a transfer surface for holding a recording medium and transferring the recording medium held on the transfer surface, a recording head opposed to the transfer unit and recording images on the recording medium transferred by the transfer unit, a suction-force changing unit drawing the recording medium, a support member providing at substantially the same height as the transfer surface of the transfer unit and supporting the suction-force changing unit, and a suction unit drawing the recording medium to a surface of the support member, via the suction-force changing unit.05-13-2010
20100118097Sheet-medium conveying apparatus and image forming apparatus - A plus power unit and a minus power unit apply a positive voltage and a negative voltage, respectively, to respective charging rollers. A positively charged area and a negatively charged area each of which is equivalent to the width of a short roller in length in a direction vertical to a conveying direction are alternately formed on a surface of a conveying belt. It is ensured to adsorb a leading end and a trailing end of printing paper with a charge pitch width (the width of the positively charged area and the negatively charged area).05-13-2010
20120162338RECORDING DEVICES - A recording device includes a feed tray for storing sheets, a first conveying path, an arm having one end attached to a pivot, and a roller attached to the other end of the arm. The roller feeds the sheet to the first conveying path. A recording unit is positioned in the first conveying path, and records an image onto the sheet. The recording device also includes a second conveying path between the pivot and the feed tray, and a path changing unit. The path changing unit moves between a first position, where it discharges the sheet, and a second position, where it conveys the sheet to the second conveying path. The arm moves between a third position where the roller contacts the sheets in the feed tray, and a fourth position where the roller is above the second conveying path.06-28-2012
20090195629MEDIUM PROCESSING DEVICE - A medium processing device is provided. A case defines a space. A storage unit is configured to store a medium. A media drive is operable to perform at least one of writing data on the medium and reading data from the medium. A liquid ejecting unit is operable to eject liquid onto a surface of the medium. An air introducing port is configured to introduce air into the space from outside of the space. An air discharging port is configured to discharge the air to the outside from the space. The space includes a first part in which the media drive is disposed, a second part in which the liquid ejecting unit is disposed and a third part in which the storage unit is disposed. The air introducing port is provided in the first part and the air discharging port is provided in the second part. The first part, the second part and the third part are disposed so that the air is introduced into the first part, flows through the third part and is discharged from the second part.08-06-2009
20090195628Inkjet Printer Accessory - An accessory receives sheets from an inkjet printer.08-06-2009
20100073450TARGET SUPPORTING APPARATUS, TARGET TRANSPORTING MECHANISM AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A target supporting apparatus includes a first supporting member having a plurality of first suction holes open to the front surface of the member and the rear surface thereof; a second supporting member having a plurality of second suction holes formed therein and being stacked on and fixed to the first supporting member, the cross-sectional area of each of the plurality of second suction holes being smaller than the cross-sectional area of each of the plurality of first suction holes; and a sucking unit that sucks in the plurality of first suction holes and hence sucks in the plurality of second suction holes communicating with the plurality of first suction holes. Here, a target which is supported in order for a liquid to be adhered thereto is sucked and held onto a supporting face of the second supporting member due to the driving of the sucking unit.03-25-2010
20100073449INKJET PRINTER - In a consecutive processing in which an inkjet printer A consecutively performs printing on a plurality of media sheets and cutting the front ends and the rear ends of the media sheets, a feed interval between any two consecutive media sheets in a cutting section is set larger than that in a printing section.03-25-2010
20130076846PROCESS FOR PRINTING WOOD-BASED FLAT ELEMENTS AND PRODUCTION LINE - A printing process may involve providing a wood-based flat panel, which is made from a mass of wooden particles, a preliminary step of graphic composition of a multi-colored image using an electronic processor and relative software, and a printing step for printing the wood-based flat panel with the multi-colored image using an ink-jet printer provided with print heads. The colors employed by the ink-jet printer may include the prime colors cyan, magenta, and yellow in addition to black. The ink-jet printer may be controlled by the electronic processor. The wood-based flat panel may move relative to the ink-jet printer while at least one of the print heads propels ink micro-droplets onto the wood-based flat panel. The print heads may be stationary during the printing operation.03-28-2013
20130076845HORIZONTAL ADJUSTMENT DEVICE OF UPPER BASE OF BARCODE PRINTER - A horizontal adjustment device of upper base of barcode printer includes a barcode printer chassis formed with at least one threaded hole. A printing-device upper base is mourned to a chassis side wall of the barcode printer, and having a through bore. At least one adjustment bolt has an end received through the through bore, and is rotatably coupled with an end of the through bore. The adjustment bolt has an opposite end forming at least one screwing engagement section. The screwing engagement section engages with the threaded hole, and another end of the adjustment bolt is rotatably received in the opposite end of the through bore. At least one adjustment threaded fastener engages the adjustment bolt so that the printing-device upper base is adjusted to move horizontally by rotating the adjustment threaded fastener and the adjustment bolt.03-28-2013
20090251521LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus is provided. A transport mechanism is that transports a sheet in a first direction. A liquid ejecting head is configured to eject liquid onto the sheet. The transport mechanism includes: a plurality of transport belts that transports the sheet and arranged in a second direction which is orthogonal to the first direction, each of the transport belts extending in the first direction and having a transport surface with which the transported sheet is brought into contact; a concave portion disposed between the transport belts adjacent to each other in the second direction; and a plurality of suction ports that sucks the sheet and disposed on both sides of the concave portion in the second direction. A distance between the liquid ejecting head and a suction surface of each of the suction ports is longer than a distance between the liquid ejecting head and the transport surface. A distance between the liquid ejecting head and a bottom of the concave portion is longer than the distance between the liquid ejecting head and the suction surface.10-08-2009
20130038669METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PRINTED MATTER - A method of manufacturing a printed matter in which a printed matter is manufactured by print images with consecutive numbers on a medium includes a recording base material, and a separating base material which is provided at a side opposite to the recording base material, and has a joint portion formed on both the recording base material and the separating base material, and the method includes arranging the print image on both the joint portion and non-joint portion in numerical order to be aligned, printing the same image as the image recorded on the joint portion on the unrecorded non-joint portion, cutting a portion of the recording base material from the separating base material, separating the separating base material to which a portion of the recording base material corresponding to the image recorded in the joint portion is adhered.02-14-2013
20130033553INK-JET PRINTER AND MEDIUM TRANSFER METHOD - Provided are a ink-jet printer and a medium transfer method printer may include a placement section configured to attract a rolled medium, and to move in a direction parallel to a medium transferring direction, an ink discharging unit configured to move in a direction perpendicular to the medium transferring direction, an unwinding section configured to unwind the medium onto the placement section, and a winding section configured to wind the medium from the placement section. In addition, the ink discharging unit may be configured to discharge ink on the medium at the same time that the placement section moves in the direction of the medium transferring direction and while the placement section attracts the medium. Furthermore, the ink discharging unit also may be configured to discharge ink on the medium at the same time that the unwinding section unwinds the medium and the winding section winds the medium.02-07-2013
20130027493INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus may include a conveyor belt, suction unit, linear recording heads, and head frame shaped like a plate. The conveyor belt has a placement face on which a recording medium is placed and may be configured to cause the placement face to move in a conveyance direction. The suction unit disposed below the placement face applies a suction force exerted by a downward airflow to the recording medium placed on the placement face. The linear recording heads may be disposed upward opposite to the suction unit across the conveyor belt, have a nozzle face where an ink ejection nozzle is formed, and extend in a direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction. Linear recording heads may be arranged in the conveyance direction. The linear recording heads may be attached to the head frame. The head frame may have a ventilation opening penetrating in a thickness direction.01-31-2013
20130027491PLATEN UNIT AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A platen unit includes a platen that has a hole for sucking a medium, a platen supporting member that has an internal space which communicates with the hole of the platen, and an elastic member that is provided between the platen and the platen supporting member, and keeps airtightness between the platen and the platen supporting member. In the platen unit, the platen is movable in an up-down direction on the elastic member.01-31-2013
20130027490LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS - A liquid ejection apparatus includes: a recording portion; a medium-supply portion; a support member for supporting a recording medium while facing the recording portion; a conveyor mechanism including a conveyance guide and a conveyor roller; a first housing accommodating the recording portion; and a second housing accommodating the medium-supply portion, the support member, and the conveyor mechanism. The first housing is pivotable about a pivot shaft with respect to the second housing. The conveyance guide includes a guide portion disposed downstream of the conveyor roller and upstream of the recording portion and having an inclined guide face. The guide portion is opposed to the recording portion in the second direction with a clearance therebetween. The recording portion is configured to pass through a space corresponding to the clearance when the first housing is pivoted between the ejection position and the distant position.01-31-2013
20130027492MEDIUM CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to an aspect of the present invention, in a medium conveyance apparatus which securely supports and conveys a medium, by providing a function for applying a back tension to the medium, in a guide section which forms a guide for supporting the medium in a medium conveyance unit, it is possible to apply a back tension to the medium of which at least a portion is securely supported by the medium conveyance unit, thereby restricting the occurrence of creasing and floating when the medium is securely supported by the medium conveyance unit and maintaining the flatness of the medium which is securely supported by the medium conveyance unit.01-31-2013
20120182366ROLL RECORDING MATERIAL TRANSPORT DEVICE AND RECORDING APPARATUS - A roll recording material transport device includes a driving side roll holder, a driven side roll holder, a driving side spindle, a driven side spindle, a spindle driving source, a driving side support mechanism, a driven side support mechanism, a transport roller, and an assist executing section. The assist executing section executes assist control in which a rotating force in the direction of transporting the roll of recording material is applied by the spindle driving source through the driving side spindle and the driving side roll holder in an engaged state to the roll portion. The frictional force between the driving side spindle and the driving side roll holder is set smaller than the frictional force between the driven side spindle and the driven side support mechanism.07-19-2012
20110001785Image forming system - An image forming system includes: a recording medium which has a roll shape and is manufactured so as to have both edges curling in a direction opposite to a roll surface of the recording medium; an image forming device which forms an image on the recording medium conveyed along a conveyance path; a recording medium feeder in which the recording medium having the roll shape is loaded in such a manner that the recording medium having the roll shape is conveyed while the roll surface of the recording medium faces the image forming device; a rear end cutter for cutting the recording medium having the roll shape on which the image forming device has formed an image on the roll surface at a position posterior to the formed image; a reverse conveyance path in which the recording medium, on the roll surface of which the image has been formed and which has been cut by the rear end cutter, is reversed in terms of front and back surfaces of the recording medium; and a decurl device for reversing a curl direction of the recording medium which has been reversed in terms of the front and back surfaces and is conveyed in the reverse conveyance path, wherein images are formed on the front and back surfaces of the recording medium by forming an image on the front surface of the recording medium having the roll shape, cutting the recording medium at the position posterior to the image, reversing the recording medium in terms of the front and back surfaces, reversing curl of the edges of the recording medium in an opposite direction by the decurl device, and then forming an image on the back surface of the recording medium.01-06-2011
20130050378RECORDING APPARATUS - There is provided a recording apparatus including an apparatus main body including a first placement portion on which a recording medium is placed, a recording unit which performs recording on the recording medium, and a first transport path through which the recording medium is transported from the first placement portion to the recording unit, an extension unit including a second placement portion, which is detachably attached to the apparatus main body, on which the recording medium is placed, and a second transport path capable of communicating from the second placement portion to the first transport path of the apparatus main body, and a detachable member detachably provided in the apparatus main body and exposing at least a part of the second transport path when detached from the apparatus main body.02-28-2013
20130050377PAPER CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An aspect of the present invention provides a paper conveyance apparatus which conveys cut sheet paper, including: a drum which conveys the paper by wrapping the paper around an outer circumferential surface of the drum and rotating; a pressing roller which presses a front surface of the paper at a prescribed position on the outer circumferential surface of the drum to cause a rear surface of the paper to make tight contact with the outer circumferential surface of the drum; and a back tension application device which applies a back tension to the paper which is introduced between the drum and the pressing roller. In the pressing roller, an outer diameter may be formed so as to become smaller from a center towards respective ends, or spiral-shaped grooves may be formed from a center towards respective ends in a circumferential surface of the pressing roller.02-28-2013
20130050380LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus, including: a head having an ejection surface; and a conveyance mechanism configured to convey a recording medium in a conveyance direction such that the recording medium passes a recording position at which the recording medium is opposed to the ejection surface, the conveyance mechanism including a curved-passage defining portion which defines a curved passage located on a downstream side of the recording position in the conveyance direction and a flat-passage defining portion which defines a flat passage which is located between the recording position and the curved passage and which is parallel to the ejection surface, a trailing end portion of the recording medium being located at the recording position when a leading end portion of the recording medium is located at the curved passage, wherein the flat -passage defining portion includes at least two roller pairs which are disposed so as to define the flat passage.02-28-2013
20130050379PRINT MEDIUM CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND PRINTING DEVICE - A print medium conveyance device 02-28-2013
20100134578 Liquid Ejection Apparatus with a Transporter Surface Including at Least One Hard Porous Member - There are provided a sucking unit having a recording medium transportation surface including a plurality of sucking holes, a decompression chamber communicating with the sucking holes and a sucking device for sucking air in the decompression chamber, and a delivering device for sucking a recording medium supplied onto the recording medium transportation surface of the sucking unit onto the recording medium transportation surface through the sucking hole by the sucking device, and delivering the recording medium from an upstream side of the sucking unit to a downstream side thereof. Each sucking hole of the sucking unit is formed by a through hole section communicating with the decompression chamber and a sucking chamber having a larger area of a sucking surface opposed to the recording medium than a sectional area of the through hole section.06-03-2010
20130088554PALLET TRANSFER DEVICE - In one example, a pallet conveyor includes: a forward track to guide pallets from an upstream part of the forward track to a downstream part of the forward track; a return track; and a pallet transfer device configured to simultaneously (1) continuously receive pallets from a downstream part of the return track and give pallets to the upstream part of the forward track and (2) continuously receive pallets from the downstream part of the forward track and give pallets to an upstream part of the return track.04-11-2013
20120218361RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes: a plurality of first ribs provided at predetermined intervals in a direction intersecting with a direction along which a recording target medium is transported; a plurality of second ribs provided at predetermined intervals in the direction intersecting with the direction along which the recording target medium is transported, the plurality of second ribs being provided downstream of the plurality of first ribs for guiding the recording target medium to a downstream side, the plurality of second ribs being provided at an area where the plurality of second ribs can face the recording head; a first member that is made of a resin material that is used as a material of the plurality of first ribs; and a second member that is made of a metal material that is used as a material of the plurality of second ribs.08-30-2012
20120218360INKJET PRINTER - An inkjet printer includes: a transfer path configured to transfer a recording medium therein: an inkjet head disposed with a gap from the transfer path, and configured to discharge ink toward the recording medium being transferred in the transfer path; a gap adjuster configured to adjust the gap; a guide disposed upstream of the inkjet head in a transfer direction of the recording medium, and configured to prevent the recording medium from being uplifted from the transfer path; and a guide mover configured to move the guide toward the inkjet head in the transfer direction in response to an increase in the gap by the gap adjuster.08-30-2012
20130057632INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS - An ink jet printing apparatus includes a placement table on which recesses in which swelling portions of a printing target material fall are formed and the printing target material is placed, and an ink jet head that discharges ink onto a surface of the printing target material of a printing side placed on the placement table so as to execute desired printing. The swelling portions such as seams fall in the recesses on the printing target material so that the swelling portions and the ink jet head can be avoided from rubbing with each other.03-07-2013
20130057631PRINTER - A printer comprises a paper holding section, a printing and conveying section, a buffer section and a movable section. The paper holding section holds the paper rolled into a roll such that can draw out and convey the paper. The printing and conveying section, which is provided with a print head and a platen roller that are arranged opposite to each other, draws out and conveys the paper and then prints on the paper. The buffer section arranged at the downstream side of the paper conveying direction of the paper holding section and the upstream side of the paper conveying direction of the printing and conveying section to elastically press the paper surface of the paper.03-07-2013
20130057629PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus includes a transport unit that transports a printing medium to a downstream side of a transport direction, a printing head that performs printing on the printing medium, a drying unit that performs a drying process on the printing medium in the course of a transport path of the printing medium, a transport roller that is disposed further to the downstream side in the transport direction than the drying unit, a de-curl roller that pinches the printing medium with the transport roller, and a curl correcting unit that corrects the curl of the printing medium, and the de-curl roller is positioned at a de-curl position of pinching the printing medium with the transport roller at the time of increasing the temperature of the drying unit to a predetermined temperature.03-07-2013
20130057630IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus comprises a first printer, having a first print head, in which a first recording medium conveying path is linearly arranged in the horizontal direction, a second printer, having a second print head, in which a second recording medium conveying path is linearly arranged in the horizontal direction, and a conveying changeover path, arranged between the first printer and the second printer, that is configured to selectively guide a recording medium loaded in the second printer towards the first print head of the first printer therethrough.03-07-2013
20110012973PRINTED MATTER SEASONING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - The printed matter seasoning apparatus includes: a table on which a plurality of sheets of printed paper are placed in a stack, ink having been deposited on at least one surface of each sheet of the printed paper; and an air blowing device which blows air toward at least one of end sides of the stack on the table to supply the air simultaneously between the respective sheets in the stack. The air blowing device blows the air at an air flow volume of at least 0.02 m01-20-2011
20110012972RECORDING APPARATUS AND SHEET PROCESSING METHOD - An apparatus includes a guide unit configured to guide surfaces of a sheet, which is conveyed after passing through a recording unit, with respect to a vertical direction, the guide unit having an interval variable in the vertical direction, and a correction mechanism for correcting skew of the sheet, which is inserted into the guide unit, by pushing the sheet from both sides thereof in a sheet width direction. The interval of the guide unit in the vertical direction widens when the sheet is cut compared with that when correction is executed by the correction mechanism, and when the sheet is cut, conveyance of the sheet is temporarily stopped in a position of the cutter. In cutting, a loop of the sheet is formed on the guide unit the interval of which in the vertical direction has widened.01-20-2011
20090244240LIQUID DROPLET JETTING APPARATUS - An ink-jet printer has a line ink-jet head which includes a plurality of heat units arranged in two rows in a zigzag form along a main scanning direction, and a spur which is arranged to be in line in the main scanning direction, with a first head unit belonging to one row, and to overlap a second head unit adjacent to the first head unit, which belongs to the other row, in a direction intersecting the main scanning direction. The spur presses a recording paper from a side of the head unit. Accordingly, it is possible to suppress curling of the recording paper in a direction intersecting a transport direction.10-01-2009
20090237481Printer Incorporating Partially Arcuate Printhead - A printer comprises a housing having an upper cover, a lower cover, a first side wall and a second, opposed side wall; a print engine housed within the housing, the print engine having two pairs of print heads arranged in opposed relationship across a print media feed path, each of the print heads having an arcuate portion in the vicinity of the print media feed path; an inlet roller assembly for feeding media into the housing; and an exit roller assembly for feeding the media out of the housing. The arcuate portion of each print head has a radius of curvature approximating that of the inlet roller.09-24-2009
20090237480FLUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A fluid ejecting apparatus includes a supporting member that supports a fluid ejection target medium; a fluid ejecting head that is provided opposite to the supporting member so as to eject fluid toward the supporting member; and a medium ejecting unit that ejects the medium in a first direction while holding the medium in such a manner that the medium is supported by the supporting member. The medium ejecting unit includes a driving roller that is provided at the supporting-member side and is in contact with the medium from the supporting-member side when the medium ejecting unit holds the medium, and a driven roller that is provided at the fluid-ejecting-head side and is in contact with the medium from the fluid-ejecting-head side when the medium ejecting unit holds the medium.09-24-2009
20090033733INKJET PRINTER - A paper web not in use for printing is put on standby at a standby position in which the leading edge of the paper web is located upstream of a meeting point of paper conveyance paths and a closing roller bears against a margin of the paper web.02-05-2009
20130162742INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An aspect of the present invention provides an inkjet recording apparatus, including: a conveyance device which has a moving suctioning surface and which conveys a cut sheet medium by suctioning the medium on the suctioning surface, a concavoconvex pattern being formed in the suctioning surface by arranging recess sections regularly in the suctioning surface, and suction holes each having an opening smaller than a size of openings of the recess sections being formed inside the recess sections; and a recording head which forms an image by ejecting ink by an inkjet method onto a surface of the medium which is conveyed by the conveyance device. According to the aspect, it is possible to prevent floating and wrinkling of the medium during conveyance, and an image of high quality can be recorded.06-27-2013
20130162743DIGITAL PRINTING PRESS WITH AUTOMATED MEDIA TRANSPORT - A digital printer is provided with an automated printing sheet transport system, operating in an intermittent manner of feeding a printing sheet to the digital printer, halting the transport to allow printing onto the printing sheet while the printing sheet is maintained in a fixed position, and removing the printed sheet from the digital printer after printing. The digital printer may be combined with a screen print station, both operating on top of a single printing sheet transport system, to form an integrated multifunctional and hybrid printing press.06-27-2013
20090027474PRINTER WITH PRINT ENGINE MOUNTED WITHIN PAPER TRAY - A printer includes a housing in which a pair of guide rails is mounted. A print media tray is arranged to move along the guide rails within the housing. A motor assembly is configured to move the print media tray along the guide rails so that the print media tray can be ejected and retracted relative to the housing. A print engine is mounted within the print media tray and includes an ink ejection printhead in fluid communication with a replaceable ink cartridge. The ink cartridge can be accessed when the print media tray is ejected.01-29-2009
20100085407Transferred Medium - A transferred medium is provided. In one exemplary embodiment a transferred medium includes a projection part projected in a transferring direction. The projection part can be integrally formed at a front end of the transferred medium. The transferred medium can have a plate shape that can be nipped between a feed driving roller that is rotationally driven and a feed driven roller that is rotationally driven in contact with the feed driving roller. The transferred medium can also be configured to be transferred in the transferring direction with the rotation of the feed driving roller. Further, the transferred medium can include a plurality of the projection parts at its front end in a direction perpendicular to the transferring direction of the transferred medium with a predetermined pitch. Other embodiments of a transferred medium are also disclosed.04-08-2010
20120113205METHOD TO REDUCE THE CURLING OF A PRINTING SUBSTRATE IN A PRINTER, AND DEVICE TO PRINT TO A PRINTING SUBSTRATE - In a method or device to reduce curling of a printing substrate in a printer, at least one print region of the printing substrate is printed with ink. A moisture level of the printing substrate is increased in at least one unprinted partial region of the printing substrate that is arranged on a same side of the printing substrate as the print region.05-10-2012
20120113204IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a recording head, a conveyance belt, a charger, a reverse passage, and an auxiliary conveyance roller. The belt is looped around at least two rollers to adhere a recording medium thereto by electrostatic force and convey the medium. The belt defines a normal conveyance area in which the medium is conveyed in a first direction. The reverse passage delivers the medium turned around in an area downstream from the belt in the first direction and sends the medium back again to a portion of the belt upstream from the head in the first direction. The reverse passage includes an opposite conveyance area of the belt in which the medium is conveyed in a second direction opposite the first direction. The auxiliary conveyance roller is disposed at least one of an entry part and an exit part of the opposite conveyance area.05-10-2012
20120236101RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes: a platen in which first suction holes passing through from a medium support surface to a rear surface are formed; first pressure chambers provided to communicate with the first suction holes; a second pressure chamber disposed on the side opposite to the platen and communicating with the first pressure chambers; a wall section which is disposed between the first pressure chambers and the second pressure chamber and in which second suction holes each making the first pressure chamber and the second pressure chamber communicate with each other are formed; a suction mechanism which suctions rolled paper on the medium support surface through the first and second suction holes; and a slide plate movable in a parallel fashion along the wall section and provided with blocking portions having different lengths in a direction of parallel movement and capable of blocking the second suction holes.09-20-2012
20120236100RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet printer includes a platen in which a plurality of plate members configuring a support surface supporting a roll paper are disposed at a predetermined interval so that suction grooves are formed between the plate members, a recording unit for performing a recording process on the roll paper placed on the support surface, a pressure chamber disposed at the back side of the platen and communicating with the suction grooves, and a suction mechanism for sucking up the roll paper disposed on the support surface through the suction grooves.09-20-2012
20090251522TARGET TRANSPORT DEVICE AND RECORDING APPARATUS - There is provided a target transport device including a support member having a support surface capable of supporting a target that is transported toward a downstream side from an upstream side, suction openings of suction holes capable of generating a negative pressure when the suction holes are suctioned being formed on the support surface, a heater for heating the support member, and a temperature adjusting unit for adjusting a temperature of the target such that a temperature difference generated in the target due to uneven distribution of the suction openings that relatively become a low temperature in the support member when heat from the heater is applied to the target via the support surface of the support member is restrained.10-08-2009
20110043584CONTINUOUS WEB PRINTER WITH PAGEWIDTH PRINTHEAD IN A PRINTHEAD DRAWER - A continuous web printer that has an inlet for receiving a web of media from a media web roll unwinder, an outlet for delivery to a media web roll winder, a media feed path extending from the inlet to the outlet, a plurality of pagewidth printhead assemblies for printing on both sides of the web and a printhead drawer for mounting at least one of the pagewidth printhead assemblies adjacent the media feed path. The printhead drawer is configured to move transverse to the media feed path such that the at least one pagewidth printhead assembly is exposed for servicing.02-24-2011
20110043583CONTINUOUS WEB PRINTER WITH AIR PLATEN - A continuous web printer that has an inlet for receiving a web of media from a media web roll unwinder, an outlet for delivery to a media web roll winder, an air platen frame for generating an air cushion at least partially defining a media feed path and a plurality of pagewidth inkjet printheads positioned adjacent the media feed path for printing on both sides of the web.02-24-2011
20110043582CONTINUOUS WEB PRINTER WITH AUTOMATED WEB THREADING MECHANISM - A continuous web printer that has an inlet for receiving a web of media from a media web roll unwinder, an outlet for delivery to a media web roll winder, a media feed path extending from the inlet to the outlet and pagewidth inkjet printhead assemblies positioned adjacent the media feed path for printing on both sides of the web. The printer also having a web threading mechanism for engaging one end of the web and threading the web along the media feed path in response to user activation.02-24-2011
20100302333TRANSFERRED MEDIUM - A transferred medium is provided. In one exemplary embodiment a transferred medium includes a projection part projected in a transferring direction. The projection part can be integrally formed at a front end of the transferred medium. The transferred medium can have a plate shape that can be nipped between a feed driving roller that is rotationally driven and a feed driven roller that is rotationally driven in contact with the feed driving roller. The transferred medium can also be configured to be transferred in the transferring direction with the rotation of the feed driving roller. Further, the transferred medium can include a plurality of the projection parts at its front end in a direction perpendicular to the transferring direction of the transferred medium with a predetermined pitch. Other embodiments of a transferred medium are also disclosed.12-02-2010
20120098913PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING METHOD - To prevent conveyance defects due to kicking, a printing device includes a conveyance roller for conveying a medium in a conveyance direction; a guide for supporting the medium on a top surface of the guide on an upstream side in the conveyance direction from the conveyance roller; and a head for ejecting ink and printing on the medium on a downstream side in the conveyance direction from the conveyance roller; wherein the top surface of the guide is positioned higher than a line tangent to the conveyance roller at a position of contact between the conveyance roller and the medium; and an end part of the guide on the downstream side in the conveyance direction has a smaller thickness in the direction in which the medium is supported than on the upstream side of the end part in the conveyance direction.04-26-2012
20110279618SYSTEM FOR SHAPING MEDIA AT PRINTHEAD - A system for shaping media for printing by a media width printhead is provided having a media width printhead of fluid ejection nozzles defining a media width print zone, input rollers disposed for transporting media into the print zone at an angle to a plane parallel with the print zone, output rollers for transporting media out of the print zone at an angle to a plane parallel with the print zone, and an elongate platen for supporting and shaping the media as the media is transported through the print zone. The platen has a series of ribs disposed upstream of the print zone and a series of ribs disposed downstream of the print zone. The ribs are configured so that the transported media adopts a constrained curved path past the nozzles through contact with the ribs in the print zone.11-17-2011
20110279616PINCH ROLLER APPARATUS FOR PRINTER - A pinch roller apparatus for a printer is provided having a support plate securely mounted to a housing of the printer, a pinch housing movably supported by the support plate, and a series of pinch rollers rotatably held within the pinch housing. The pinch housing has alignment pins for engagement with the housing of the printer through movement of the pinch housing relative to the support plate. The engagement aligns the pinch rollers with a driven roller rotatably mounted to the housing to provide pinched contact for media being transported through the printer.11-17-2011
20110279614SYSTEM FOR TRANSPORTING MEDIA IN PRINTER - A system for transporting media in a printer is provided having a media roller rotatably mounted to the printer housing, a motor, a drive belt looped about the motor drive shaft and the roller so as to impart the motor rotational driving force to the roller, a tensioning member pivotally mounted to the housing for contacting and thereby tensioning the drive belt about the motor drive shaft and roller, a brace member mounted to the housing about a slotted arm of the tensioning member, and a locking screw fixed to the housing through the brace member and slotted arm. The pivoted position of the tensioning member relative determines the tension imparted on the drive belt. The locking screw locks the pivoted position and the brace member is fixedly mounted so that rotation of the locking screw is not imparted to the slotted arm during fixing of the locking screw.11-17-2011
20100171804IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus includes a conveyance unit which includes a conveyance belt and an air suction unit for sucking air through the conveyance belt to adsorb a recording medium onto the conveyance belt. A recording head ejects ink to carry out recording on the recording medium conveyed by the conveyance unit. An adsorption force adjusting unit adjusts the adsorption force for the recording medium on the conveyance belt, which occurs by sucking air, according to the size of the recording medium.07-08-2010
20110279617METHOD OF SHAPING MEDIA AT PRINTHEAD - Method of shaping media for printing by a media width printhead, the method having transporting media into a print zone defined by a plurality of fluid ejection nozzles of the printhead with input rollers at an angle to a plane parallel with the print zone; transporting media out of the print zone with output rollers at an angle to said parallel plane; and supporting and shaping the media as the media is transported through the print zone with an elongate platen, the platen having a series of upstream ribs disposed upstream of the print zone with respect to the media transport direction and a series of downstream ribs disposed downstream of the print zone with respect to the media transport direction, wherein the ribs are configured so that the transported media is in contact with the ribs in the print zone and adopts a constrained curved path past the nozzles.11-17-2011
20110279615DRIVE BELT TENSIONING APPARATUS FOR PRINTER - A drive belt tensioning apparatus for a printer is provided having a tensioning member pivotally mounted to the printer housing so as to contact and thereby tension a drive belt about a drive shaft of a motor and a roller so as to impart rotational driving force of the motor to the roller for transporting media through the printer, a brace member mounted to the housing about a slotted arm of the tensioning member, and a locking screw fixed to the housing through the brace member and slotted arm. The pivoted position of the tensioning member relative to the housing determines the amount of tension imparted on the drive belt. The locking screw locks the pivoted position of the tensioning member. The brace member is fixedly mounted to the housing so that rotation of the locking screw is not imparted to the slotted arm during fixing of the locking screw.11-17-2011
20110279613Protective Device For Inkjet Printheads - An inkjet printhead is configured to reduce the likelihood of media coming into contact with a printhead face. The inkjet printhead includes a housing, an aperture plate having a plurality of apertures in an aperture area through which inkjet ejectors eject ink, and a pair of members aligned with a direction of media movement and extending along a length of the aperture area, the pair of members being configured to lift media away from the plurality of apertures in the aperture area.11-17-2011
20090309942PRINTING APPARATUS - Even when a printing medium is fed from a curving sheet feeding path on which a plurality of printing media are stackable, high quality printing is performed without bothering a user at all. To this end, the printing is performed after the printing medium is entirely conveyed to a flat conveyance path. More specifically, the printing medium fed from the curving sheet feeding path is conveyed, without being printed, to a position where the rear end of the printing medium gets out of the sheet feeding path, and then is reversely conveyed to a flat conveyance path. After that, the printing is performed while the printing medium is conveyed on the flat conveyance path.12-17-2009
20110025804WIDE FORMAT PRINTER WITH MEDIA ENCODER IN THE PLATEN - A wide format printer that has a vacuum platen assembly, a printhead assembly spaced from the vacuum platen assembly, a media path extending between the vacuum platen assembly and the printhead assembly and a media encoder embedded within the vacuum platen assembly wherein, the media path is greater than 432 mm (17 inches) wide.02-03-2011
20110316953RECORDING MEDIUM HOLDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a drum, a transportation roller, a pressing roller, a power supply, and an image forming unit. The drum rotates, and the transportation roller transports a recording medium to the drum. The pressing roller presses the recording medium transported by the transportation roller on the surface of the drum. The power supply provides charge to the recording medium which is pressed on the surface of the drum by the pressing roller. The image forming unit forms an image on the recording medium which is provided with charge by the power supply and rotates along with the drum while being held on the surface of the drum.12-29-2011
20110285801INKJET PRINTER - An inkjet printer (P) is provided with a platen (11-24-2011
20110285800USE OF A GOLF BALL ORIENTATION DEVICE TO ORIENT A GOLF BALL FOR A CONTINUOUS FLOW, SINGLE PASS INKJET PRINTER - A process of printing images on golf balls using an inline inkjet printer is disclosed herein. The process of the invention comprises orienting a plurality of golf balls with a golf ball orientation device and printing at least one image on each of the plurality of golf balls with a continuous flow, single pass, ink jet printer. The process may further comprise pre-treating the plurality of golf balls with at least one device, and/or post-treating the plurality of golf balls with at least one device. Use of the golf ball orientation device disclosed herein allows images to be printed on ideal locations of a golf ball.11-24-2011
20120098912CONVEYING DEVICE OF RECORDING MEDIUM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes, an endless device which has a circumferential surface, a laminated cover which is arranged onto the circumferential surface of the endless device in an overlapping manner, a rotation mechanism which rotates the endless device, a supply mechanism which supplies a recording medium to the endless device, a recording head unit, and a discharge mechanism. The laminated cover include a metal layer which has the inner surface which comes into contact with the circumferential surface of the endless device, and a dielectric layer which comes into contact with the metal layer. The laminated cover includes a hem portion which is formed to be folded back at least at a part of a circumferential edge region of the laminated cover, with the dielectric layer as the outside of the bending.04-26-2012
20110292148RECORDING DEVICE - A recording device includes a cassette having a protruding portion; a lever as a transmission member in which the distance from a shaft portion to an abutting portion is shorter than the distance from the shaft portion to a connection portion, the lever transmitting a force that the abutting portion receives from the cassette to the connection portion as an acting force by rotating on shaft portion as the axis when the protruding portion of the cassette abuts on the abutting portion; a damper mechanism portion; a separation slope separating the papers; and a stopper as a restriction member restricting the movement of the papers at an upstream side position in the installation direction of the separation slope, and releasing the restriction on the movement of papers by retreating from the position where the stopper restricts the papers when receiving the acting force from the damper mechanism portion.12-01-2011
20110292149CHARGING ROLLER, CHARGING UNIT USING THE SAME, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a to-be-charged member, a charging roller, a feeding mechanism, a recording head portion, and a discharge mechanism. The to-be-charged member includes a dielectric body that rotates in a predetermined direction. The charging roller is disposed to face the to-be-charged member and includes a conductive roller body and insulating convex portions which has electric resistance greater than that of the roller body, is disposed in an area of the roller body in an axis direction of the roller body with intervals therebetween, and protrudes in a radial direction of the roller body. The feeding mechanism feeds a sheet between the to-be-charged member and the charging roller. The recording head portion forms an image on the sheet. The discharge mechanism discharges the sheet on which recording was performed by the recording head portion.12-01-2011
20110292147TRANSPORTING APPARATUS AND PRINTER USING THE SAME - There is provided a transporting apparatus which includes a pair of transporting rollers including drive and driven rollers; a transporting path including a curved portion which changes a transporting direction of the transporting medium; a movable member which is changeable to a first attitude forming an outer side of the curved portion to guide the transporting medium, and a second attitude opening the curved portion not to form the outer side of the curved portion. The movable member has a guiding portion which guides the transporting medium between the pair of transporting rollers, in the first attitude, and a positioning portion which positions the guiding portion with respect to a shaft of the drive roller in the first attitude, and which is separated from the shaft of the drive roller in the second attitude.12-01-2011
20110292146USE OF A GOLF BALL ORIENTATION DEVICE TO ORIENT A GOLF BALL FOR A CONTINUOUS FLOW, SINGLE PASS INKJET PRINTER - A system for printing indicia on one or more golf balls using an inline inkjet printer is disclosed herein. The system of the invention comprises a golf ball orientation device and a continuous flow, single pass, inkjet printer. The golf ball orientation device of the system may comprise: at least one rotation device and at least one detent; a cup and a suction region; or a cup, at least one index arm, at least one vacuum line, at least one suction cup, and at least one pulse blower.12-01-2011
20090295897RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a holding tray, a transport driving roller that applies a transport force to the other surface of the holding tray, and an ejection driving roller located downstream of the recording unit such that the ejection driving roller is placed on the same side as the transport driving roller. The other surface of the holding tray has an irregular pattern including a protrusion and a recess, the protrusion being come into contact with the outer surface of the transport driving roller, the recess being located so as to face the ejection driving roller.12-03-2009
20110292145MEDIA HOLD-DOWN SYSTEM HAVING CROSS PROCESS CHAMBERING - A printable media hold-down system includes a print head array, a transport surface positioned adjacent to the print head array which transports a printable medium past the print head array in a location where the print head array may apply ink to the printable medium, and a vacuum system that creates vacuum pressure that holds the printable medium to the transport surface, the vacuum system having at least one adjustable baffle configured to move in a cross process direction and change a dimension of the vacuum system based on a dimension of the printable medium.12-01-2011
20110216142LIQUID APPLICATION DEVICE AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - The present invention provides a liquid application device and an ink jet recording apparatus each capable of reducing deterioration in application quality due to an increase in the number of times of use of a roller, thereby improving durability. The present invention includes an application roller which applies liquid to an application medium, and a liquid retention member which retains the liquid in a liquid retention space formed by making the application roller be in contact with the retention member. With this structure, a pool of the liquid is formed, with rotation of the application roller, in an area upstream of a contact area, in a rotational direction, between the application member and the retention member at a side where a surface of the application member enters the contact area therebetween.09-08-2011
20110216140ROLLED MEDIUM ACCOMMADATION DEVICE AND LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE - A rolled medium accommodation device includes a rolled medium accommodation unit which swings around a first shaft, a lever member which swings around a second shaft in conjunction with swinging of the rolled medium accommodation unit, a shaft member capable of moving in a direction intersecting an axial direction of the second shaft, and urging unit configured to apply rotational torque around the second shaft to the lever member. Due to the rotational torque, the rolled medium accommodation unit is subjected to force whereby the rolled medium accommodation unit is swung in a direction opposite that of gravity around the first shaft from a low position to a high position higher than the low position, and the shaft member moves so that the distance between a center of the shaft member and a center of the second shaft is greater in the high position than in the low position.09-08-2011
20090244245LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head disposed on a transport path of a target to eject a liquid from nozzles at a nozzle forming surface, a target transport unit transporting the target such that the target passes through a position opposite the nozzle forming surface on the transport path, and a liquid receptor transport unit transporting a liquid receptor for receiving the liquid ejected from the nozzles as a waste liquid such that the liquid receptor passes through the position opposite the nozzle forming surface on the transport path. With rotation of the target transport unit, a mechanism unit including a target transport member for transporting the target in a transport direction is able to be attached and detached at a position out of a mechanism portion of the liquid receptor transport unit with respect to the liquid ejecting apparatus.10-01-2009
20090189966INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus includes: an ink ejection head having ink ejection openings; a conveyance mechanism which is disposed below the ink ejection head and conveys a recording medium facing the ink ejection openings; a recording medium feeder which is disposed below the conveyance mechanism, is capable of stocking therein a recording medium, and feeds a recording medium to the conveyance mechanism; a refeeder which is partially disposed below the recording medium feeder and which refeeds, to the conveyance mechanism, a recording medium having conveyed by the conveyance mechanism; and an ink reservoir which is disposed below the refeeder and reserves therein ink to be fed to the ink ejection head.07-30-2009
20090189967INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus includes: one or more inkjet heads each having an ejection surface having a plurality of ejection openings formed thereon; and a conveyor mechanism which has a facing region facing the one or more ejection surfaces, and conveys a recording medium placed on the facing region. The inkjet recording apparatus further includes one or more moving mechanisms. Each of the one or more moving mechanisms includes a medium pusher which pushes down a recording medium towards the facing region. The each of the one or more moving mechanisms causes the medium pusher to move between a first position and a second position. The first position is such a position where a distance between the medium pusher and the facing region is further than the distance between the facing region and the ejection surfaces. The second position is such a position where the medium pusher contacts the facing region.07-30-2009
20110193921PRINTER BED AND INK JET PRINTER USING THE SAME - An ink jet printer bed in which a printing object placed on a bed is stably fixed by means of air suction and is printed, is disclosed, which comprises a plurality of upper plates having a plurality of air suction ports on their front surfaces; an intermediate plate which is formed of a guide space of which intermediate portion is open via its upper lower sides, the intermediate plate being assembled to a lower side of the upper plate; a lower plate which is assembled to a lower side of the intermediate portion and is formed of at least one air passage; a connection part which is assembled to each air passage of the lower plate and is connected with a suction pump; and a sensor which detects an air pressure in the interior of the bed and transmits a result of the detection to a controller which controls the operation of the suction pump, so the air pressure of the interior of the bed by the suction pump can be adjusted.08-11-2011
20090153637APPARATUS FOR FREE-SPRAYING AN INKJET PRINTHEAD - An apparatus for free-spraying an inkjet printhead includes a feed table with a slot carrier which can be deflected counter to a spring force and has at least one free-spraying slot disposed opposite at least one inkjet printhead. The slot carrier is shaped in such a way that the at least one free-spraying slot is deflected out of a transport path corresponding to an entry of an item of mail being fed in.06-18-2009
20090147065Inkjet printer - An inkjet printer connects a vacuum fan on the printer case side and a vacuum platen on the cover side through a short vacuum path. The platen 06-11-2009
20090147066IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A disclosed image forming apparatus includes a recording head configured to eject liquid droplets onto a sheet to form an image; a transport unit configured to intermittently transport the sheet; a discharge transport unit disposed downstream the transport unit in a transport direction, the discharge transport unit including plural transport rollers configured to transport the sheet in a sheet discharge direction and plural spurs disposed facing the respective transport rollers and arranged in the transport direction; a guide member configured to hold the spurs and be rotatable about a most downstream side or a most upstream side in the transport direction to rotate in a direction away from a sheet transport path; and a stopping and holding unit configured to stop and hold the guide member in a position in which only the spur in the most downstream side in the transport direction is in contact with the sheet.06-11-2009
20100118099TRANSPORT DEVICE AND RECORDING DEVICE - A transport device may include a transport mechanism including a supporting member configured to support a placed medium and transport the medium. The transport device may also include a first charging device configured to alternately charge the supporting member with one polarity and an opposite polarity. The transport device may further include a transfer mechanism configured to transfer the medium to the supporting member. The transport device may yet further include a second charging device configured to alternately charge the medium with one polarity and an opposite polarity for transferring the medium with the transfer mechanism before the transfer mechanism places the medium on the supporting member. The transport device may yet further include a control unit configured to control at least one of the transport mechanism, the transfer mechanism, the first charging device, and the second charging device.05-13-2010
20100128097CONVEYING APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS - A conveying apparatus includes a conveyance carrier configured to attract and convey a recording medium, a voltage applying unit configured to apply a voltage to the conveyance carrier to generate electrostatic attraction force on a surface of the conveyance carrier, a static charge eliminating unit configured to eliminate charges on a surface of the recording medium which is electrostatically attracted to the conveyance carrier, and the surface of the conveyance carrier outside an area where the recording medium is attracted, and a reverse voltage applying unit configured to apply a voltage which has a polarity reverse to that of the voltage applied by the voltage applying unit, to the conveyance carrier at a downstream side of the static charge eliminating unit to weaken the electrostatic attraction force of the conveyance carrier.05-27-2010
20090207227Liquid ejecting apparatus - A liquid ejecting head is adapted to eject liquid toward a target medium. A transporter is adapted to transport a tray on which the target medium is mounted toward a region facing the liquid ejecting head via a transporting path. A tray guide is disposed in a front side of the liquid ejecting apparatus, and having a supporting face adapted to support the tray thereon. The tray guide is movable between a first position connecting the supporting face with the transporting path to allow the transporter to transport the tray to the transporting path and a second position escaping the supporting face from the transporting path. The supporting face is kept being parallel to the transporting path when the tray guide is moved between the first position and the second position.08-20-2009
20090244246INKJET PRINTER AND A PAPER TRANSPORTATION METHOD - An inkjet printer prevents the paper from lifting away from the platen when the suction action of the platen is stopped, and thereby prevents paper jams and other printing problems. The printer 10-01-2009
20090244242RECORDING DEVICE - A recording device includes: a recording head which performs a recording operation on a recording medium; a transport member which has a plurality of through holes arranged therein and transports the recording medium; and a suction unit which has a suction force generating section for generating a suction force for sucking air and a plurality of communication channels for communicating the suction force generating section with the respective through holes and generates a suction force in the through holes to suck the recording medium onto the transport member. On the upstream side of the recording area in a transport direction, a suction force at the center in a direction perpendicular to the transport direction of the recording medium is larger than a suction force at the opposite ends.10-01-2009
20090167833INK JET TEXTILE PRINTING APPARATUS - An ink jet textile printing apparatus includes a printing section having a recording head and performing printing on a recording medium by ejecting ink from the recording head, a transporting belt having an adhesive surface, and a lifting preventer disposed on an upstream side with respect to the printing section in a transporting direction in which the transporting belt is rotated. The lifting preventer includes a free roller that is provided over the recording medium adhered to and supported by the transporting belt and is movable in the transporting direction and in a direction opposite to the transporting direction.07-02-2009
20100201774NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION SYSTEM AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR NEWSPAPER - An object of this invention is to provide a newspaper production system, having the structure of a system that is provided with a supply unit for a continuous web provided at an upstream side of a printing unit for printing on one surface and the other surface of a continuous web, and a processing unit for carrying out cutting and folding processing of a continuous web after printing at a downstream side, by making the area of an installation flat region for the printing unit for printing on one surface and the other surface of a continuous web, having an ink jet printing device group for printing one side of the continuous web and an ink jet printing device group for printing the other side of the paper sheet, small, and with which it is easy for a single person to carry out a newspaper production operation of monitoring the entire system. It is also an object of this invention to provide a newspaper production system and newspaper production method that enables production of a few sizes of a plurality of newspaper pages arranged horizontally as sheets constituting a newspaper by sequentially cutting, and being capable of producing a newspaper formed of various page configurations.08-12-2010
20090278906RESTRAINT DEVICE AND RECORDING DEVICE - An ink jet printer includes a restraint device which applies a restraining force, applied to a support surface used for supporting a recording sheet, to the recording sheet transported from an upstream side to a downstream side in a transport direction. The restraint device includes a second support member which includes the support surface and a suction hole opened to the support surface and generating a negative pressure therein and which is capable of sucking the recording sheet supported to the support surface toward the support surface on the basis of the negative pressure generated inside the suction hole and a shield belt which is disposed to face the support surface.11-12-2009
20090278905CONVEYING APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS - A conveying apparatus is provided, the conveying apparatus comprising a lever swinging in contact with a recording medium conveyed along a conveying path in a conveying direction, a sensor detecting the swinging of the lever, a moving unit for moving the lever from a position where the lever is allowed to contact the recording medium in the conveying path to a position where the lever is retracted from the conveying path, a guide unit being movable between a first position and a second position, the guide unit guiding the recording medium conveyed in a direction opposite to the conveying direction, to the conveying path when the guide unit is located in the second position and a transmitting unit for transmitting the movement of the guide unit to the moving unit through motion of at least one member to link the movement of the guide unit from the first position to the second position with the movement of the lever to the position where the lever is retracted from the conveying path, the movement of the lever being performed by the moving unit.11-12-2009
20090290008IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The image forming apparatus includes: a holding and conveyance device which has a round cylindrical shape and is rotatable about a rotational axis, the holding and conveyance device conveying a recording medium in a prescribed conveyance direction by rotating about the rotational axis while holding the recording medium on an outer circumferential surface of the holding and conveyance device, the holding and conveyance device having a recess section arranged in a direction parallel to the rotational axis at a prescribed position on the outer circumferential surface of the holding and conveyance device; an end portion holding member which is arranged in the recess section and has an end portion holding surface by which at least one of a leading end portion and a trailing end portion of the recording medium held on the outer circumferential surface is held to an inner side relative to an image forming surface of the recording medium held on the outer circumferential surface; and an image forming device which forms an image on the recording medium held on the holding and conveyance device, wherein: a radius of curvature of the end portion holding surface is smaller than a radius of the outer circumferential surface; and a tangential direction of the end portion holding surface at an end of the end portion holding surface on a side of the outer circumferential surface is substantially a same with a tangential direction of the outer circumferential surface at an end on a side of the end portion holding surface.11-26-2009
20090262174INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus includes a platen configured to support a recording medium at a position facing a recording head, a suction portion arranged at the platen and configured to suck the recording medium, an ink receiving portion arranged at the platen and configured to receive ink discharged on a region beyond an end of the recording medium, a negative pressure producing portion configured to produce a negative pressure to be applied to the suction portion and the ink receiving portion, and a communication portion causing the suction portion to communicate with the ink receiving portion at the outside of a conveyance region of the recording medium.10-22-2009
20090262173TRANSFER APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PREVENTING LEAKAGE CURRENT OF THE TRANSFER APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE TRANSFER APPARATUS - A disclosed transfer apparatus includes an endless belt to transfer a recording member by attaching the recording member on a surface thereof by an electrostatic force; a driving device to rotate the endless belt; and a holding device to temporarily hold the recording member to hinder a movement thereof caused by a movement of the endless belt rotated by the driving device so that a part of the recording member slides on the surface of the endless belt.10-22-2009
20090295895Locating device for an inkjet printer - The invention describes an inkjet printer (12-03-2009
20090295898IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus has: a first conveyance device which includes a first suctioning surface traveling and having a plurality of first suction holes, places a recording medium in a first prescribed position on the first suctioning surface, and conveys the recording medium in the first prescribed position on the first suctioning surface while suctioning a rear surface of the recording medium via the plurality of first suction holes; a treatment liquid deposition device which deposits a treatment liquid that aggregates or insolubilizes coloring material of an ink onto a front surface of the recording medium conveyed by the first conveyance device; a second conveyance device which is provided downstream of the first conveyance device in terms of a conveyance direction in which the recording medium is conveyed, includes a second suctioning surface traveling and having a plurality of second suction holes, places the recording medium in a second prescribed position on the second suctioning surface, and conveys the recording medium in the second prescribed position on the second suctioning surface while suctioning the rear surface of the recording medium via the plurality of second suction holes; and an image forming device which ejects droplets of the ink onto the front surface of the recording medium conveyed by the second conveyance device so as to form an image, wherein the first suction holes of the first conveyance device and the second suction holes of the second conveyance device are formed in such a manner that first suction positions on the recording medium which are suctioned by the first suction holes of the first conveyance device and second suction positions on the recording medium which are suctioned by the second suction holes of the second conveyance device are mutually different.12-03-2009
20090295896RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a recording executing section, a transport driving roller, and an ejection driving roller. The recording executing section can execute recording on both a first recording material and a second recording material set on a first surface of a holding tray in a recording execution area. The transport of the holding tray in the recording execution area is performed by the feeding force of the transport driving roller and the ejection driving roller, and the maintenance of the posture of the holding tray in the recording execution area is performed by the transport driving roller, the ejection driving roller, and a posture maintainer located outside a transit area through which the first recording material passes.12-03-2009
20090040285IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus includes a sheet feeder, line-type printheads arranged in a sheet feed direction, a drive-data supplier and a feed controller. The feed controller has the sheet feeder initiate feeding a following sheet which is fed next to a preceding sheet, (i) at a first feed timing in order that a distance between the preceding sheet and the following sheet becomes smaller than a dimension of a recording area of the printheads in the sheet feed direction, when the drive-data supplier can supply the drive data to the printheads at a concurrent-recording enabling timing at which it is possible to concurrently record, at the recording area, an image on a trailing end portion of the preceding sheet and an image on a trailing end portion of the preceding sheet and an image on a front end portion of the following sheet, and (ii) at a second feed timing having a longer interval than that of the first feed timing, when the drive-data supplier can not supply the drive data at the concurrent-recording enabling timing.02-12-2009
20110221844TRANSPORT APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS - Provided is a transport apparatus including: a transport roller which is formed in a cylindrical shape such that a pair of facing end portions of a metal sheet is close to each other or abuts on each other, which has a joint provided with a spot welding portion, and in which a high friction layer is formed on a surface thereof to transport a recording medium; and a support portion which supports a portion deviated from the high friction layer of the transport roller so that the transport roller rotates in the circumferential direction.09-15-2011
20100220167RECORDING PAPER TRANSPORTATION PATH STRUCTURE AND PRINTER - A recording paper transportation path structure suppresses sagging of the recording paper fed from the nipping part of a pair of rollers to the platen surface of a vacuum platen, and can prevent a drop in paper feed precision. In a roll paper printer 09-02-2010
20110199450PRINTING DEVICE - A printing device includes a base, a sheet pick-up module, a sheet feeding shaft and a main structural body. The main structural body includes a frame and a supporting member. The frame is fixed on the base. The supporting member is disposed on the frame for supporting the sheet pick-up module or the sheet feeding shaft. The frame is formed of an integral metal sheet part for enhancing strength of the main structural body, thereby securely fixing the components of the printing device.08-18-2011
20110205322PRINTER - A printer is provided that can convey recording paper at a constant transportation speed and transportation amount passed a printing position by means of the transportation force of a single transportation roller pair located on the upstream side of the printing position.08-25-2011
20110267412SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND RECORDING APPARATUS - A sheet feeding device, including: a sheet cassette configured to accommodate sheets; a conveyance path through which each of the sheets accommodated in the sheet cassette is conveyed; a rotation roller provided at one of a start point and a vicinity thereof in the conveyance path; a motor configured to rotatably drive the rotation roller; a pressure body configured to come into pressing contact with the rotation roller via the sheet; and a moving mechanism configured to separate the rotation roller and the pressure body, which are in pressing contact with each other, away from each other in dependence on drive stop of the motor.11-03-2011
20080239052RECORDING-MEDIUM-RESIDUAL-QUANTITY DETECTING DEVICE, RECORDING APPARATUS, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A recording-medium-residual-quantity detecting device includes a first rotation-quantity detecting unit that detects a rotation quantity of a roll in which a recording medium is wound. A second rotation-quantity detecting unit detects a rotation quantity of a transportation roller that transports the recording medium by rotating in contact with the recording medium that is unwound from the roll. A controlling unit has a winding control mode in which driving units of the device are controlled so that rotational powers to wind the recording medium into the roll without slack between the roll and the transportation roller are applied to the roll and the transportation roller. The residual quantity of the recording medium is calculated on the basis of a rotation quantity θr of the roll and a rotation quantity θs of the transportation roller that are respectively detected by the rotation-quantity detecting units when the winding control mode is executed.10-02-2008
20080239054PRINTER - A printer includes a transporting belt, a liquid ejecting head, and a negative pressure generator. The transporting belt transports a printing medium while electrostatically attracting the printing medium. The liquid ejecting head ejects liquid droplets onto the printing medium transported by the transporting belt and thereby performs printing. The negative pressure generator is in contact with the inner surface of the transporting belt and supports the transporting belt. The negative pressure generator has a suction opening for generating negative pressure formed in a contact surface thereof in contact with the transporting belt. The transporting belt is a substantially airtight member.10-02-2008
20080239049Image Recording Apparatus - An image recording apparatus includes a recording head that records an image on a record medium, a first and a second rollers respectively having rotation shafts parallel to each other, and an endless conveyor belt which is looped around the first and second rollers, and which has an external surface for conveying thereon a record medium in a conveyance direction from the first roller toward the second roller while supporting the record medium. On the circumferential surface of the second roller, provided are a abutting region abutting the internal surface of the conveyor belt, and a larger diameter region not abutting the internal surface of the conveyor belt and having a radius surpassing a sum of a thickness of the conveyor belt and a radius of the abutting region.10-02-2008
20080239048Device and Method for Imprinting a Three-Dimensional Article - The invention relates to a device for imprinting a three-dimensional article, in particular a container and/or workpiece, comprising a printing means, in particular an ink-jet printing means, for imprinting a surface of the three-dimensional article, and a conveyor means for bringing about a relative movement between the printing means and the three-dimensional article to be imprinted. The device according to the invention is characterised in that it further has a positioning means which is configured to bring the surface to be imprinted of the three-dimensional article into a predetermined relative relationship to, in particular a predetermined distance from, the printing means.10-02-2008
20080239046IMAGE RECORDING DEVICES - An image recording device includes a conveying roller which extends in an axial direction, and a guide member which extends in the axial direction and is configured to guide a recording medium toward the conveying roller. The guide member includes a first end portion, a second end portion, and a middle portion positioned between the first end portion and the second end portion in the axial direction. The device also includes a supporting member which extends in the axial direction and is separated from the conveying roller by a predetermined distance. Moreover, the first end portion and the second end portion are in a fixed position with respect to the conveying roller, and the middle portion is in a fixed position with respect to the supporting member.10-02-2008
20110267414SHEET-SUPPLY TRAY - An image recording apparatus, including a sheet-supply tray device which accommodates and holds a plurality of recording sheets and which supplies the recording sheets, one by one, in a sheet-supply direction; and an image recording device which records an image on each of the recording sheets supplied from the sheet-supply tray device. The sheet-supply tray device includes a first tray which accommodates and holds at least one first sheet of the plurality of recording sheets; a second tray which accommodates and holds at least one second sheet of the plurality of recording sheets, and which selectively takes a stacked posture thereof in which the second tray is stacked on the first tray, and an opening posture thereof in which at least a portion of the second tray opens at least a portion of the first tray; and a supporting device which supports at least a portion of the second tray while permitting the second tray to selectively take the stacked posture thereof and the opening posture thereof such that the at least one second sheet held by the second tray is not plastically deformed.11-03-2011
20080291256PRINTER WITH A DATA CAPTURE DEVICE TO IDENTIFY A PRINT SAMPLE - Provided is a wallpaper printer including a cabinet configured to receive replaceable ink reservoirs and cartridges of blank wallpaper, and a feed system defining a media path through the cabinet, the feed system having pilot guides for guiding the blank wallpaper from the cartridges past a pagewidth printhead for printing. Also included is a heated platen positioned in the media path downstream of the pilot guides for heating the blank wallpaper prior to printing, and a pagewidth printhead arranged in the cabinet for printing images on the blank wallpaper. The printer further includes a cutter module for cutting the printed wallpaper before the feed system feeds said wallpaper into a container configured to roll the printed wallpaper into a roll for storage purposes, and a data capture device configured to capture the identity of an identifier carried by a print sample and wherein, subsequent to the capture of the identity of the print sample, the printhead can print the pattern which corresponds to the print sample.11-27-2008
20080239051IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus includes a recording head that records an image on a recording medium. A conveyor supports the recording medium on an outer surface thereof so as to convey the recording medium in a conveying direction, and has an attachment region and a non-attachment region on its outer surface. The recording medium is attachable to the attachment region with a first attachment force greater than a second attachment force of the non-attachment region. A medium feeder is configured to feed the recording medium to the conveyor so that at least a part of a leading edge of the recording medium in the conveying direction is positioned on the non-attachment region.10-02-2008
20080239050INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus of the present invention includes: a plurality of inkjet heads each including an ink ejection surface and a plurality of nozzles formed within a predetermined area of the ink ejection surface; a pair of belt rollers; and a conveyor belt whose size in an axial direction of rotational shafts of the belt rollers is shorter than the predetermined area, which belt is looped around the pair of belt rollers. A plurality of supporting members whose respective positions in the axial direction are different from that of the conveyor belt, the supporting members being positioned apart from each other in a conveyance direction orthogonal to the axial direction so as to face the ink ejection surface and support both ends of the recording medium in the axial direction, which medium is longer than the conveyor belt in the axial direction.10-02-2008
20080239047IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus including a feeding device feeding a recording medium in a first direction along a first path, a recording portion disposed in the first path and located between an upstream and a downstream connecting portion of the first path to record an image on the medium, a second path connecting the downstream connecting portion to the upstream connecting portion, a path switching portion including a roller pair disposed downstream of the downstream connecting portion in the first direction and being capable of (i) ejecting the medium such that a first edge thereof is the leading edge, by rotating in a forward direction while the medium is nipped therebetween, and (ii) feeding the medium into the second path such that a second edge thereof opposite to the first edge is the leading edge, by rotating in a reverse direction while the medium is nipped therebetween, a feed roller disposed in the second path and feeding the medium in a second direction along the second path, into the first path at the upstream connecting portion, and a momentary-forward-rotation controller which implements, while the roller pair is feeding the recording medium into the second feed path and before the feed roller initiates the feeding of the recording medium toward the upstream connecting portion of the first path, a momentary forward rotation of the roller pair by temporarily switching the rotation direction of the roller pair to the forward direction from the reverse direction in order to feed the recording medium in a direction opposite to the second feeding direction.10-02-2008
20080211895Inkjet Recording Apparatus - The present invention provides an inkjet recording apparatus, which performs high resolution image recording by inhibiting propagation of heat from a light-radiation device to a recording medium, is provided with a recording medium conveyance device to convey a recording medium in a conveyance direction; a recording head 09-04-2008
20080211896INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink-jet recording apparatus according to one aspect comprises: a movable supporting member slidable in a conveying direction of a recording medium while supporting the recording medium to follow the recording medium conveyed; and an interlocking mechanism configured to control a movement of the movable supporting member. The interlocking mechanism is operable to: position the movable supporting member in a predetermined upstream position in the conveying direction when the recording medium is conveyed to the predetermined upstream position; retain the movable supporting member in the predetermined upstream position until the recording medium overhangs the movable supporting member to cover a contact portion and at least a part of a non-contact portion; and slide the movable supporting member toward a downstream side in the conveying direction while supporting an edge of the recording medium with the conveyance of the recording medium.09-04-2008
20110007119Ink jet recording apparatus - An ink jet recording apparatus is presented. The ink jet recording apparatus includes an apparatus casing comprising a discharge port which opens in a forward direction, a support member disposed within the apparatus casing in the rear of the discharge port and configured to support a recording medium, an ink head disposed within the apparatus casing and configured to eject ink which is curable with irradiation of ultraviolet light to the recording medium, an ultraviolet light irradiation device disposed within the apparatus casing and configured to irradiate ultraviolet light to the recording medium, and a first cover body configured to cover the discharge port in a freely openable and closeable manner, wherein the first cover body is opened upon discharging the recording medium via the discharge port.01-13-2011
20100265308Suction Device for Sucking a Print Medium in a Large Inkjet Printer - A suction device for sucking a print medium in a large inkjet printer is disclosed. The suction device is disposed on a suction conveying platen of the large inkjet printer, wherein the print medium is conveyed on the suction conveying platen for being printed by a printing module. The suction device comprises at least one suction member disposed on the top surface of the suction conveying platen for supporting the print medium. The suction member including a sucking portion, a non-sucking portion located alongside the sucking portion, and a plurality of orifices formed in the sucking portion.10-21-2010
20090015646KICKING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit to move in a crossing direction to cross a printing medium feeding direction and to form an image on the printing medium, and a kicker to move together with a movement of the image forming unit and to feed the printing medium.01-15-2009
20130215204PAPER CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - A paper conveyance apparatus includes: a drum that conveys a paper by winding the paper around an outer peripheral surface thereof and being rotated; a press roller that presses a surface of the paper at a predetermined position on the outer peripheral surface of the drum and brings a reverse surface of the paper into contact with the outer peripheral surface of the drum; and a back tension providing unit having an adsorption surface by which the surface or the reverse surface of the paper is absorbed, the back tension providing unit being configured so that provides the paper with a back tension by causing the adsorption surface to adsorb the surface or the reverse surface of the paper with an adsorption force which decreases from the center in a width direction of the paper toward both ends in the width direction of the paper.08-22-2013
20130215205System And Method For Transporting Substrates - A printing system comprising a load station to load one or more substrates, a first platen to receive the substrates movably connected to a first side of the system, a second platen to receive the substrates, movably connected to a second side of the system opposite the first side, a platen transport system operatively connected to the load station, the platen transport system moving the first and second platens in the system, an alignment station which aligns the one or more substrates on the first and second platens, a print station which prints the one or more substrate on the first and second platens, and an unload station which unloads the one or more substrates nom the first and second platens, the transport system comprising means to move the platens in a horizontal and vertical direction.08-22-2013
20100141727IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus main body, a transport mechanism that is provided in the apparatus main body and transports a sheet, a recording head to record an image by discharging ink to the sheet transported by the transport mechanism, a sheet guide that is provided to be opposite to the recording head and guides the sheet, a transport roller provided at an upstream side of the sheet guide in a sheet transport direction, an ejection roller provided at a downstream side thereof, and a transport unit that integrates the medium guide, the transport roller and the ejection roller and is provided to freely come in and out of the apparatus main body.06-10-2010
20110267411SHEET FEEDING UNIT AND PRINTER - A sheet feeding unit to be inserted between a printer main unit and a sorting unit having a plurality of discharge trays. The sheet feeding unit includes a casing in which a sheet is housed and through which a feed path and a discharge conveyance path extend horizontally. The casing has on a face thereof adjacent to the printer main unit an exit of the feed path and an entrance of the discharge conveyance path, and on a face thereof adjacent to the sorting unit an entrance of the feed path and an exit of the discharge conveyance path. The positions of the exit and entrance of the feed path coincide with each other when seen in a conveyance direction, and the positions of the entrance and exit of the discharge conveyance path coincide with each other when seen in the conveyance direction.11-03-2011
20110205323Sheet conveyance device and image forming apparatus - Disclosed is a sheet conveyance device installed in an image forming apparatus having an image forming part that forms an image on a sheet member. The sheet conveyance device includes an ejecting/inverting path functioning not only as an ejecting path through which the sheet member having the image formed thereon by the image forming section is ejected outside the image forming apparatus but also as an inverting path through which the sheet member having the image formed thereon is conveyed with front and rear sides thereof inverted in a direction opposite to an ejecting direction; and an inverted-sheet directly ejecting path through which the sheet member with the front and rear sides thereof inverted in the ejecting/inverting path is ejected outside the image forming apparatus without passing through the image forming part.08-25-2011
20090284575Moving floor media transport for digital printers - A step-wise medium transport system is provided having high accuracy for transporting recording media in a digital printer,—the medium is transported using accurately moving tables to which the medium is attached—during printing steps the working area of the medium, on which the printing is done by the printer, is at all times fully supported by a static table avoiding disturbances.11-19-2009
20120140012Transporting Roller and Recording Apparatus - A transporting roller is formed of a metal plate formed into a cylindrical shape so that a pair of end surfaces oppose each other and having a joint line extending in the axial direction formed by the pair of the end surfaces including: a high friction layer formed on a surface of the roller and configured to come into contact with a transported medium; an opening provided out of the high friction layer; and a gear member disposed so that an inner peripheral surface is located on the opening.06-07-2012
20120140010IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SHEET CUTTING DEVICE - An image forming apparatus includes a recording head, a head holder, a cutter, and a cutter holder. The recording head ejects ink onto a sheet of recording media fed along a sheet feed path to record an image on the sheet. The head holder holds the recording head. The cutter includes opposed blades opposing each other with the sheet interposed therebetween. The cutter holder holds the cutter and is reciprocally movable in a width direction of the sheet perpendicular to a sheet feed direction in which the sheet is fed along the sheet feed path. The cutter holder is disposed downstream from the recording head in the sheet feed direction and within a width of the head holder in the sheet feed direction.06-07-2012
20120069117PRINTING PRESS - In a printing press, it is configured such that a newspaper web offset printing press is composed by a feeder device, a printing device, a guiding device, a turn bar device, and a folding unit; as a guiding device, there are provided an upstream side guide roller and a downstream side guide roller which are disposed with a predetermined interval along a transportation direction of a web for guiding transportation of the web; and there is disposed an ink-jet printer for performing digital printing on the web guided between the guide rollers. By setting diameters of the upstream side guide roller and the downstream side guide roller to different values, vibration of the print medium which is transported while being guided by the guide rollers is suppressed, and the print quality is thereby improved.03-22-2012
20120069115IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE - An image recording device includes a recording unit, a feeding mechanism, a guide member, and a lock portion. The feeding mechanism is configured to feed a first feeding object along a feeding path. The feeding path has a straight path and a curved path. The recording unit faces the straight path. The guide member defines the curved path and is rotatable between an exposed position and a closed position. The lock portion is movable between a locked position at which the guide member is locked in the closed position and an unlocked position at which the lock is released. The guide member has a recess formed therein and the feeding mechanism further feeds a second feeding object to the recess along the straight path. When the second feeding object is disposed in the recess, the lock portion is disposed at the locked position.03-22-2012
20120069114IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a retaining roller, a nipping device, a retaining device, an image forming head, and a controller. The retaining roller retains a recording medium and rotates. The nipping device is capable of operating to open and close and holds the recording medium between the nipping device and the surface of the retaining roller to mechanically retain the recording medium. The retaining device retains the recording medium on the surface of the retaining roller. The controller controls, on the basis of a condition for use of the recording medium, the nipping device to nip the recording medium between the nipping device and the surface of the retaining roller.03-22-2012
20120069113IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MEDIUM PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a retaining roller, a triboelectric charging device, and an inkjet head. The retaining roller includes a first charging section including a first dielectric and a second charging section including a second dielectric, which have different triboelectric charging characteristics, alternately on the surface of the retaining roller, retains a recording medium on the surface, and rotates. The triboelectric charging device charges the surface of the retaining roller by friction. The inkjet head forms an image on the recording medium retained on the surface of the retaining roller.03-22-2012
20120069112INKJET RECORDING DEVICE - An inkjet recording device includes: a medium feed part including a rotating body that rotates about a horizontal axis to feed an elongated recording medium while the recording medium is in contact against a circular outer face of the rotating body so that the recording medium is fed along an arcuate feed path conforming to the outer face; a medium recording part having a plurality of recording units arranged along the feed path, and that carries out recording through ejection deposition of ink onto the recording medium; an outfeed part that outfeeds the recording medium in a tangential direction from the rotating body at an outfeed position positioned in an upper half of the rotating body; and an ink fixation part facing from above the recording medium outfed from the rotating body, and fixes the ink that has been ejection-deposited onto the recording medium by the medium recording part.03-22-2012
20120069111INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an inkjet recording apparatus includes a holding roller, a holding device, an image forming device, a reversing device, and a controller. The holding roller holds a recording medium. The holding device presses the recording medium and holds the recording medium on the surface of the holding roller. The controller performs control to press the recording medium against the holding roller with first pressing force if the image forming device forms an image on a first surface of the recording medium and press the recording medium against the holding roller with second pressing force smaller than the first pressing force if the image forming device forms an image on a second surface of the recording medium after the image is formed on the first surface of the recording medium and the recording medium is reversed by the reversing device.03-22-2012
20090141111RECORDING DEVICE HAVING A CONVEYING UNIT THAT CONVEYS A RECORDING MEDIUM - The invention relates to a recording device that includes a casing and a conveying unit that conveys a recording medium, and the conveying unit is positioned in the casing. The recording device also includes a recording unit that performs recording on the recording medium that is being conveyed by the conveying unit, and the recording unit opposing the conveying unit in the casing. The recording device may also include a cassette that is removably mountable to the casing and that is positioned in a area adjacent to the conveying unit when the cassette is mounted to the casing. The recording device may also include a movement mechanism that moves a portion of the conveying unit to the area adjacent to the conveying unit when a portion of the cassette is removed from the casing.06-04-2009
20110221845RECORDING UNIT - Suction holes are formed in a stacking plane of an output tray, a recording medium recorded by a recording section being placed on the stacking plane. Air above the output tray is drawn through the suction holes, and the drawn air is supplied to the recorded side of the recording medium through an air feed guide disposed downstream of the recording section in the feed direction.09-15-2011
20110221842System And Method For Stripping Media From An Offset Imaging Member In An Inkjet Printer - A stripper blade system has been developed for high throughput inkjet printers. The stripper blade system includes a metallic blade having a leading edge that is less than 0.06 mm in thickness, a blade holder to which the metallic blade is mounted, and an actuator that is associated with the blade holder to move the metallic blade into and out of contact with an intermediate imaging member.09-15-2011
20110141213INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet recording apparatus capable of landing an ink drop on an exact position on a recording medium is provided. An ink jet recording apparatus performs recording on a recording medium A which has been subjected to application processing with a pretreatment liquid. The ink jet recording apparatus has an electrostatic belt which has a resistance layer formed on the surface thereof, and a power feed roller which imparts charges to the surface of the electrostatic belt. The recording head discharges ink to the surface of the recording medium when the back of the recording medium comes into contact with the surface of the electrostatic belt to which the charges have been imparted.06-16-2011
20100177152MEDIUM HOLDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The medium holding apparatus includes: a medium holding device having a plurality of suction grooves through which a sheet-shaped medium is held by suction; and a suction pressure generating device which is connected to the suction grooves and generates a suction pressure in each of the suction grooves, wherein the suction pressure in one of the suction grooves that holds a first end portion of the sheet-shaped medium is made stronger than the suction pressure in one of the suction grooves that holds a central portion of the sheet-shaped medium.07-15-2010
20090086001INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus includes: a feeder which contains a recording medium and feeds the recording medium to a conveyer; the conveyer which conveys in a first direction the recording medium fed by the feeder; an inkjet head having an ejection face on which an ejection region is formed, the ejection region having a plurality of ink ejection openings arranged along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; a detection unit which detects one end of the recording medium in the second direction; and a mover which moves the inkjet head in the second direction in accordance with the position of the one end of the recording medium detected by the detection unit.04-02-2009
20090231407INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - An inkjet recording apparatus which ejects an ink so as to record an image on a recording medium has: a conveyance device which conveys a recording medium; a liquid deposition device which deposits a liquid onto a recording surface of the recording medium which is conveyed by the conveyance device; an intermediate conveyance body which moves the recording medium in rotation onto the recording surface of which the liquid has been deposited by the liquid deposition device while holding an edge of the recording medium; a conveyance guide which guides a non-recording surface of the recording medium which is moved in rotation by the intermediate conveyance body; and a pressure application device which applies a pressure differential between the recording surface and the non-recording surface of the recording medium which is moved in rotation by the intermediate conveyance body.09-17-2009
20090051747INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus of the present invention includes a conveyance mechanism having a circumferential wall. On the circumferential wall are formed suction holes which communicate an internal space inside the circumferential wall with the outside of the circumferential wall. A recording medium is placed on the outer circumferential surface of the circumferential wall, and is conveyed on the outer circumferential surface in a direction of the rotation of the circumferential wall. A suction unit sucks the air in the internal space to create an air flow from the outside of the circumferential wall to the internal space via the suction holes. A recording medium ejection path branches off from the outer circumferential surface at a separating position which is at the most downstream position of a record head or a position further from the supply position S02-26-2009
20110221841STRIPPING BLADE FOR STRIPPING MEDIA FROM A DRUM IN AN INKJET PRINTER - A stripper blade has been developed for high throughput inkjet printers. The stripper blade includes a metallic blade body having a first thickness that extends to a leading edge having a second thickness that is less than about 25% of the first thickness, and at least one beveled surface leading from the metallic blade body to the leading edge to form a stripping edge that facilitates separation of media from a drum.09-15-2011
20090102908CONVEYING APPARATUS, LIQUID APPLYING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A disclosed conveying apparatus includes plural conveyance paths arranged in parallel and configured to receive plural conveyance objects fed from an upstream side of the plural conveyance paths and convey the received plural conveyance objects to a conveyance destination situated at a downstream side of the plural conveyance paths. The plural conveyance paths are configured to convey the plural conveyance objects in the order in which the plural conveyance objects are received.04-23-2009
20090244247Inkjet Recording Apparatus - An inkjet recording apparatus may include at least one inkjet head configured to eject ink onto a recording medium. The inkjet recording apparatus may also include a conveying device configured to convey the recording medium in a conveying direction, the conveying device including a recording-medium support surface that opposes the inkjet head and includes a plurality of holes. The inkjet recording apparatus may further include a suction device configured to suck air through the holes to attach the recording medium to the recording-medium support surface. The inkjet recording apparatus may yet further include a duct including an opposing opening that opposes the suction device via the recording-medium support surface, and a non-opposing opening that does not oppose the suction device.10-01-2009
20090244244RECORDING DEVICE - A recording device includes: a first suction unit which has a support member for supporting a recording medium and a plurality of suction holes provided in the support member to support the recording medium under control that a second suction force of the suction holes not covered by the recording medium is restricted to be smaller than a first suction force of the suction holes covered by the recording medium; a recording head which performs recording on the recording medium supported by the first suction unit.10-01-2009
20090256897OBJECT HOLDER FOR PRINTING MULTIPLE IMAGES - An apparatus for printing an image on an object includes electronic image storage for storing the image and a print head positioned in spaced-apart relation to the object for receiving electronic data representing the image. The image is printed onto the object using an ink that is applied with a predetermined electrical charge polarity. A voltage generator generates an electrical charge having opposite polarity charge in relation to the predetermined charge polarity of the ink proximate the object and at a position to accelerate the ink being applied from the print head onto the object. A tray is provided for holding a plurality of the objects in a fixed orientation while the image is printed. The tray includes a plurality of cradles for receiving respective objects and a rotation assembly for rotating the cradles in unison to position a desired surface of the objects in proper orientation for printing.10-15-2009
20100013900Device With A Printhead And Media Drive Shaft - A mobile telecommunications device is disclosed having an inkjet printhead, a drive shaft for feeding a substrate past the printhead, and a capper assembly. The capper assembly moves between a capped position covering nozzles of the printhead and an uncapped position spaced from the nozzles. The capper assembly is adapted for engagement a leading edge of the substrate to move the capper from the capped position and towards the uncapped position. The drive shaft disengages a trailing edge of the substrate before the trailing edge is printed. The trailing edge is projected past the printhead by momentum and the capper assembly grips the substrate after the substrate has been printed so that the substrate partially extends from the mobile telecommunications device in readiness for manual collection.01-21-2010
20090315964PRINTER - A printer which enables both of position adjustment and attachment/detachment of a printing head. The printer includes: a platen roller, an opposing printing head; a first head support member capable of rotating relative to a casing; a first shaft as a rotary axis of the first head support member; a second shaft attached to the first head support member and including a large diameter portion and a small diameter portion each having a different central axis to the rotary axis; and a second head support member, to which the printing head is attached, and which is formed with a first set of grooves into which the first shaft is inserted and a second set of grooves into which the second shaft is inserted; the second head support member moves in accordance with rotation of the second shaft, when attached to the first head support member, due to engagement between the first set of grooves and the first shaft and engagement between the second set of grooves and the small diameter portion of the second shaft, and can be removed from the first head support member by moving the second shaft parallel to the axial direction.12-24-2009
20100149299IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus provides an improved printing speed and improved convenience of use. A recording head discharges droplets of a recording liquid onto a paper so as to form an image on the paper. A belt conveyance mechanism has a belt onto which the paper is electrostatically attached. The paper attached onto the belt is conveyed in a direction perpendicular to a carding direction of the paper.06-17-2010
20100149298RECORDING APPARATUS - There are provided a suction unit which sucks a recording medium, and a unit which changes sucking force of the suction unit according to the property of the recording medium. Hereby, since the sucking force of the suction unit can be set according to a state of the recording medium. Therefore, for example, even if the recording medium is greatly curled, since its recording medium can be surely sucked on the transporting surface of the recording medium by the suction unit. Further, even if the recording medium has little rigidity and is thin, it is possible to prevent the recording medium from being stuck on the transporting surface of the recording medium by the suction unit.06-17-2010
20100177153STAGE APPARATUS - A stage apparatus that achieves a high accuracy in assembling and enables easy work at a real installation site. In a stage apparatus of the present invention, sub rails are arranged on respective sub base plates, which are connected respectively with the first and second main rails on a main base plate to extend the first and second main rails. Accordingly, when the sub base plates are fixed to the main base plate 07-15-2010
20100182389MEDIA INTERFACE MODULE AND PRINTER WITH A MEDIA WIPER - A printer assembly comprises a printer frame, a media interface module disposed in the printer frame, media disposed in the media interface module and dispensed from the media interface module into the printer frame, a wiper member supported by one of the printer frame and the media interface module, and a wiper pad carried by the wiper member and engaging the media to remove debris from the media. In other forms, a media interface module comprises media disposed in the media interface module, a wiper member supported by the media interface module, and a wiper pad carried by the wiper member and engaging the media to remove debris from the media as the media is dispensed form the media interface module.07-22-2010
20100259590ROTATIONAL AIR VALVE FOR MEDIA HOLD-DOWN SYSTEM - A printable media hold-down system including a vacuum transport belt, an air removal device configured to create a vacuum pressure, a plurality of air ducts, wherein each air duct is configured to direct the vacuum pressure to the vacuum transport belt and at least one rotational air valve positioned between the air removal device and the plurality of air ducts, wherein the at least one rotational air valve is configured to selectively direct the vacuum pressure into one or more of the plurality of air ducts.10-14-2010
20100225724PRINTING UNIT INCORPORATING INTEGRATED DATA CONNECTOR, MEDIA SUPPLY CARTRIDGE AND PRINT HEAD ASSEMBLY - A printing unit includes a support structure having a body portion with a tray positioned at one end of the body portion and a power and data connector positioned at an opposite end of the body portion; a media supply cartridge located between the connector and the tray, the media supply cartridge storing a stack of print media; a feed arrangement including a primary feed roller on an in-feed side of the tray for feeding a sheet of print media from the stack of print media towards the tray, and a secondary feed roller on an out-feed side of the tray for feeding the sheet of print media out of the tray; and a print head assembly mounted on the tray, the print head assembly for printing on the sheet of print media fed by the feed arrangement.09-09-2010
20100238250Image forming device - An image forming device provided with: a recording head that renders an image by ejecting liquid droplets onto a recording medium; an attraction image rendering section having a liquid droplet reception flat portion disposed facing the recording head, the attraction image rendering section attracting the recording medium onto the flat portion and maintaining the flatness of the recording medium; an upstream side conveying section that feeds the recording medium out toward the attraction image rendering section; and a reverse-feed-prevented conveying roller disposed at the downstream side of the attraction image rendering section, the reverse-feed-prevented conveying roller being capable of friction-pushed rotation toward the conveying direction downstream side, nipping the recording medium and feeding the recording medium toward the conveying direction downstream side, and prevented from rotation toward the conveying direction upstream side.09-23-2010
20100225723CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS - A conveyance apparatus includes a holding unit configured to hold a roll sheet, a conveyance unit configured to convey the roll sheet in a first direction in which the roll sheet is unrolled and a second direction opposite from the first direction, and a control unit configured to control the drive of the conveyance unit. The amount of drive per unit conveyance distance at the time when the conveyance unit conveys the roll sheet is controlled so as to be larger in the conveyance in the first direction than in the conveyance in the second direction.09-09-2010
20100225722COMBINED INKJET AND PHOTOCHROMIC REUSABLE PAPER PERSONAL PRINTER - A printing system and method combine conventional print and reusable print media functionality in a shared stand-alone system to allow a user flexibility in deciding whether to print a temporary document or an archival permanent document. The system integrates and shares functionality to reduce manufacturing and operating costs, as well as to reduce the device's footprint. Commonality may include a common printhead shuttling mechanism (traversing carriage) and portions of the mechanism for moving paper. Pre-conditioning and printzone conditioning stations may also be shared to achieve precondition heating and/or erasing of media sheets prior to printing and maintaining of an elevated temperature during printing. In embodiments, separate feed trays are provided for each media sheet type.09-09-2010
20100238251Image forming device - An image forming device has an image forming unit, a cutting unit, a conveyance path and an adjustment unit. The image forming unit sequentially forms images on a recording medium. The cutting unit cuts the recording medium between images. The conveyance path is provided with a change-curve portion that changes the conveyance direction of the recording medium and imparts curvature to the recording medium, and conveys the recording medium to the cutting unit. The adjustment unit temporarily interrupts conveyance of the recording medium at the change-curve portion and adjusts any difference between the processing speed of image forming by the image forming unit and the processing speed of cutting by the cutting unit.09-23-2010
20110102531PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus includes a printing medium support unit that supports and guides a printing medium supplied to a print execution area. The printing medium support unit includes a support portion supporting the printing medium defines a predetermined gap with a print head. A suction groove is formed concavely on a support surface of the support portion. A suction opening in the suction groove communicates with a suction source. A movable adsorption portion in the suction groove has a suction hole. Before the printing medium is supplied, the movable adsorption portion is located at an upper limit position higher than a support height of the support portion. When the printing medium is supplied, the suction hole is blocked by the printing medium, creating negative pressure, and thus the movable adsorption portion is moved to a lower limit position no higher than the support height of the support portion.05-05-2011
20110058005Ink-Jet Recording Apparatus and Recording Method Therefor - A recording apparatus has a recording head, a platen, and a first hole. The recording head includes a dot formation element array, and the platen holds a recording medium opposite the recording head. The first hole is disposed in an area of the platen opposite a downstream portion of the dot formation element array and guides ink discarded outside an end of the recording medium when the end is printed without a margin. Alternatively or additionally, a second hole is formed in an area of the platen opposite an upstream portion of the dot formation element array, and the platen guides ink, which is discarded outside an end of the recording medium when the end is printed without a margin, to the second hole.03-10-2011
20110058004Ink-Jet Recording Apparatus and Recording Method Therefor - A recording apparatus has a recording head, a platen, and a first hole. The recording head includes a dot formation element array, and the platen holds a recording medium opposite the recording head. The first hole is disposed in an area of the platen opposite a downstream portion of the dot formation element array and guides ink discarded outside an end of the recording medium when the end is printed without a margin. Alternatively or additionally, a second hole is formed in an area of the platen opposite an upstream portion of the dot formation element array, and the platen guides ink, which is discarded outside an end of the recording medium when the end is printed without a margin, to the second hole.03-10-2011
20090244241PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing apparatus includes a rotating drum that holds a recording medium on a cylindrical outer peripheral surface thereof and rotates around a rotating shaft, and a printing head that is disposed opposite to the outer peripheral surface of the rotating drum and ejects ink onto the recording medium held on the rotating drum to perform a printing operation. The rotating drum holds a first recording medium and a second recording medium arranged in a rotating direction. A distance between a rotating direction downstream end of the first recording medium and a rotating direction upstream end of the second recording medium is larger than a distance between a rotating direction downstream end of the second recording medium and a rotating direction upstream end of the first recording medium.10-01-2009
20090185020FLUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS - A fluid discharging apparatus includes: a nozzle for discharging fluid onto a medium; and a rotating body that has a holding region for holding the medium and a non-holding region on its peripheral surface and that rotates while facing the peripheral surface toward the nozzle. The rotating body includes a receiving member for receiving fluid discharged from the nozzle for flushing when the non-holding region faces the nozzle and a removing member for removing the fluid, received by the receiving member, from the receiving member.07-23-2009
20090073247Method, apparatus, and system for forming image - An image forming apparatus connectable to a first feed tray and a second feed tray includes an image forming unit, a feed path, and a detecting unit provided on the feed path to sense recording medium jam. An identifying unit identifies a feed path and a feed tray where recording medium jam has occurred as a jammed path and a jamming feed tray. A first determining unit determines whether the image forming apparatus is connected to the second feed tray. A second determining unit determines whether the second feed tray can feed a recording medium to the image forming unit. A feeding unit feeds a recording medium from the second feed tray to the image forming unit.03-19-2009
20080231680CONCURRENTLY PRINTING AN IMAGE ON A FOOD PRODUCT AND A CORRESPONDING IMAGE ON PACKAGING FOR THE FOOD PRODUCT - A method for printing images on food and packaging for the food. The method includes the step of moving a plurality of food products along a first production line to a first printing station. The method also includes the step of moving a plurality of containers along a second production line to a second printing station. This step is performed during the step of moving the plurality of food products. The method also includes the step of printing a first image on at least one of the food products during the step of moving the plurality of food products. The method also includes the step of selecting a second image from a plurality of differing images in response to the first image. The second image is complementary to the first image. The method also includes the step of printing the second image on one of the containers during the step of moving the plurality of the containers. This step is preformed concurrently with the step of printing the first image. As a result of the concurrent printing of the first and second images, a printed food product and a printed container, respectively, are produced. The second image on the printed container complements the first image printed on the food product.09-25-2008
20100220165Vacuum Platen Mechanism and Fluid Droplet Discharge Device - Mechanism for producing vacuum pressure and air flow for drawing recording paper of various widths to the platen surface of a printer enables such pressure and air flow to be held in a suitable range without adjusting the suction. A first suction area with the same width as the minimum width of the recording paper is disposed width-wise in the middle of the platen surface that opposes the inkjet head of the printer, and second suction areas are disposed on the left and right sides of the first suction area. The first suction area is divided into a grid by intersecting ribs to form first chambers, each having a first suction hole formed in a bottom thereof that communicates with a vacuum channel. The second suction areas are also segmented to form second chambers. Second suction holes are selectively formed in some, but not all, of the second chambers and are appropriately spaced from the first suction holes. The front edge of the first suction area is offset slightly from the front edge of the second suction areas.09-02-2010
20100220166PRINTER - A printer has an exhaust path that rectifies the exhaust flow of a centrifugal fan for producing air flow through a vacuum platen. Exhaust from a centrifugal fan 09-02-2010
20100302332METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRECISE ALIGNMENT ON A CONTINUOUS BELT DISC PRINTER - A continuous feed printer for printing on the surface of an object, such as a CD, a DVD or a Blu-Ray disc, wherein the continuous feed printer has a continuous loop belt, a feed mechanism for depositing the object onto the continuous loop belt, at least one pair of alignment elements located on the continuous loop belt, and an alignment device which urges the object into abutment with the alignment elements. After the object is aligned against the alignment elements it is printed in a printing zone.12-02-2010
20110122211INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - A conveying platen is provided with a plurality of air circulation parts, each of which includes a long groove opened toward the conveying belt and formed in a longitudinal direction following a conveying direction, and a hole that penetrates in a thickness direction from a part of a bottom surface of the long groove. These air circulation parts are arrayed in the conveying direction and a width direction perpendicular to the conveying direction. The conveying platen has an opposed region which faces a nozzle surface. The long groove is provided in the opposed region. The hole is provided in a region other than the opposed region.05-26-2011
20110025802PRINTING SYSTEM WITH INDEPENDENTLY MOVABLE PRINTHEAD SERVICE MODULES - A printing system that has a media transport system configured to transport media along a media path, a printhead assembly fixed relative to the media path and a plurality of service modules for the printhead assembly. Each of the service modules is independently movable relative to the media path.02-03-2011
20110025796MEDIUM PRESS DEVICE AND INK JET PRINTER - To provide a medium press device, even in a case where a medium is conveyed diagonally or in a zigzag line, capable of keeping pressing ends of the medium, whereby it is possible to maintain a gap between an ink jet head and the medium to a desired gap to keep a printing quality constant, and an ink jet printer provided with the medium press device. A medium press device for holding a medium conveyed in an ink jet printer includes: a pair of press members for holding both ends of a width direction of the medium, respectively; and support tools for supporting the pair of press members, and the support tools support the press members so as to be capable of advancing and retreating in the width direction of the medium in alignment with positions of end portions of the width direction of the medium.02-03-2011
20110109710RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD - First humidified gas is supplied from a first supply port to a sheet to be conveyed, thereby increasing the moisture content of the sheet. Simultaneously, second humidified gas is supplied to a space where nozzles of the inkjet recording head are exposed, from a second supply port provided at a position closer to the inkjet recording head than the first supply port, thereby increasing the atmosphere humidity of the space. The part of the sheet of which the moisture content has been increased is made to enter the space where the atmosphere humidity has been increased, and recording is performed by the inkjet recording head.05-12-2011
20110109709LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus having a liquid ejecting unit that ejects liquid toward a target ejection medium and a target ejection medium support member that is disposed so as to oppose the liquid ejecting unit and supports the target ejection medium, includes a conductive shielding member that covers a first side of the target ejection medium, which opposes the liquid ejecting unit, at an edge area including an edge perpendicular to a feeding direction of the target ejection medium.05-12-2011
20110025797PRINTING SYSTEM WITH FIXED PRINTHEADS AND MOVABLE VACUUM PLATEN - A printing system that has a printhead assembly, a drive roller for feeding media along a media path and a vacuum platen assembly configured for movement relative to the fixed printhead assembly.02-03-2011
20110025807MEDIUM HOLDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A medium holding apparatus includes: a medium holding conveyance device which has a plurality of suction grooves for suctioning a sheet-shaped medium, and conveys the medium in a prescribed direction while holding the medium on a medium holding surface; and a suction pressure generating device which is connected to the plurality of suction grooves, and generates suction pressure in each of the suction grooves, wherein: the plurality of suction grooves include a leading end suction groove provided at a position where a leading end region of the medium is held, and the leading end suction groove has a structure so as to be separated from other suction grooves of the plurality of suction grooves, and is connected to the suction pressure generating device via a flow channel which is not connected to the other suction grooves.02-03-2011
20110025800METHOD OF PRINTING USING INPUT ROLLER AND MOVABLE MEDIA ENGAGEMENT OUTPUT - A method of printing by translating media across a print zone at a first speed based upon the angular velocity of a drive roller and subsequently translating the media at a second speed determined by a movable media engagement assembly configured to engage one side of the media.02-03-2011
20110025806WIDE FORMAT PRINTER FOR MEDIA OF DIFFERENT SIZES - A wide format printer that has a media transport system configured to transport media of differing dimensions along a media path, and a printhead assembly for printing media transported along the media path, the media path having variable widths depending on the dimensions of the media but a minimum width of 432 mm (17 inches). The printer also has a plurality of service modules for the printhead assembly, each being configured to operate in a plurality of different modes. The media path extends between the printhead assembly and at least some of the service modules configured to operate in one of the modes while any of the service modules beyond the media path operate in another of the modes.02-03-2011
20110025805Wide format printer with independently movable printed service modules - A wide format printer that has a media transport system configured to transport media along a media path that is more than 432 mm (17 inches) wide, a printhead assembly fixed relative to the media path and a plurality of service modules for the printhead assembly. Each of the service modules is independently movable relative to the media path.02-03-2011
20110025803WIDE FORMAT PRINTER WITH INPUT MEDIA ROLLER AND OUTPUT VACUUM BELTS - A wide format printer that has a print zone, a drive roller positioned upstream of the print zone, a vacuum platen assembly positioned under the print zone, a printhead assembly overlaying and spanning the print zone and a vacuum belt assembly configured to receive media from the print zone. The print zone is more than 432 mm (17 inches) wide.02-03-2011
20110025799PRINTING SYSTEM WITH SCANNER TO ALIGN PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY - A printing system that has a printhead assembly, a vacuum platen assembly opposite the printhead assembly, a media path between the printhead assembly and the vacuum platen, a drive roller for moving media along the media path, a vacuum belt assembly to move the media away from the vacuum platen assembly and a scanner adjacent the vacuum belt to capture information from the media for feedback control of the printhead assembly.02-03-2011
20110025798PRINTING SYSTEM WITH INPUT MEDIA ROLLER AND OUTPUT VACUUM BELTS - A printing system that has a print zone, a drive roller positioned at an input side of the print zone, a vacuum platen assembly positioned under the print zone, a printhead assembly overlaying and spanning the print zone and a vacuum belt assembly configured to receive media from the print zone.02-03-2011
20110025801PRINTING SYSTEM WITH MEDIA SIMULTANEOUSLY ENGAGING INPUT ROLLER AND MOVABLE MEDIA ENGAGEMENT OUTPUT - A printing system with a drive roller configured to engage and push media into a print zone and a movable media engagement assembly configured to engage one side of the media and pull the media while the drive roller remains engaged with the media.02-03-2011
20110128339INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet recording apparatus may include a conveying device configured to move a conveying belt including a conveying surface to convey a recording medium. The ink jet recording apparatus may include a recording head configured to discharge ink onto the recording medium. The ink jet recording apparatus may include an attraction device including first and second electrodes facing a surface opposite the conveying surface and configured to apply a voltage between the first and second electrodes. The ink jet recording apparatus may include a contact member which comes into contact with the conveying surface. The first and second electrodes may be disposed at a distance from each other in the width direction of the conveying belt. A contacting area of the conveying surface with which the contact member comes into contact may not extend over the first and second electrodes in the width direction.06-02-2011
20110109711PRINTER APPARATUS - A printer apparatus includes a guide rail, a first device including a first head, a second device including a second head, and a hauling device including a driving member movable between the first device and the second device. A first holding mechanism is provided on one side with respect to a medium supporter. A second holding mechanism is provided on another side with respect to the medium supporter. When ink is to be ejected from the first head, the second holding mechanism holds the second device separated from the driving member, and a first connecting mechanism connects the first device to the driving member. When ink is to be ejected from the second head, the first holding mechanism holds the first device separated from the driving member, and a second connecting mechanism connects the second device to the driving member.05-12-2011
20110043586CONTINUOUS WEB PRINTER WITH FLAT PRINT ZONES FOR PRINTING OPPOSING SIDES OF THE WEB - A continuous web printer that has an inlet for receiving a web of media from a media web roll unwinder, an outlet for delivery to a media web roll winder, a plurality of pagewidth inkjet printhead assemblies for printing on both sides of the web; and a media feed path extending from the inlet to the outlet. The media feed path has a first print zone where one side of the web is printed and a second print zone where the other side of the web is printed. The first print zone and the second print zone are flat, and the first print zone is upstream from the second print zone with respect to a media feed direction.02-24-2011
20110115866IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus, including: a recording unit configured to form an image on a recording medium conveying in a conveying direction; a main body portion configured to support the recording unit in an openable and closable manner; a conveying unit configured to convey, in the conveying direction, the recording medium on which an image is to be formed by the recording unit, the conveying unit being disposed below the recording unit; a holder configured to contain the recording medium on which an image is to be formed by the recording unit, the holder being disposed upstream of the conveying unit in the conveying direction; and a raising and lowering mechanism configured to raise and lower the holder between a first position for feeding the recording medium to the recording unit and a second position placed above the first position.05-19-2011
20090033732DRUM PRINTER WITH CONTINUOUS LOAD-PRINT-UNLOAD CYCLE - The present invention is concerned with a drum printer in which the loading and unloading of printing medium onto and off a drum of the printer is performed without interrupting or decelerating the drum rotation and the printing process02-05-2009
20110128337MEDIA TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR NON-CONTACTING PRINTING - A digital printing system for printing on a continuous web of print media includes a support structure that guides the continuous web of print media under tension through the printing system. The printing system includes a first mechanism that is affixed to the support structure that positions the print media in a cross track direction. A second mechanism is affixed to the support structure that sets tension of the print media. A third mechanism is affixed to the support structure that sets an angular trajectory of the print media. A roller is affixed to the support structure and is configured to align to the print media being guided through the printing system without necessarily being aligned to another roller located upstream or downstream relative to the roller. A drive roller is affixed to the support structure that moves the print media through the printing system. A printhead is located downstream relative to the first mechanism. The printhead is configured to selectively moisten at least a portion of the print media being guided through the printing system without contacting the print media.06-02-2011
20090219373BELT TRANSPORT DEVICE AND BELT TRANSPORT CONTROL METHOD - A belt transport device includes: a drive roller which is driven by a power source; a driven roller which is held in a rotatable manner; an endless belt which is wound on the drive roller and the driven roller; a band-like detecting section which is arranged on the endless belt in a circumferential direction of the endless belt; a sensor which detects the band-like detecting section; a displacement unit which displaces a relative positional relationship between the band-like detecting section and the sensor in a width direction of the endless belt.09-03-2009
20090219372RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a recording unit that forms an image on a recording medium, a recording medium conveying unit, which confronts the recording unit, and which includes a recording medium supporting surface including a hole, a suction unit that draws air through the hole to draw the recording medium in order to stick the recording medium to the recording medium supporting surface, and a re-conveying unit that re-conveys the recording medium to an upstream of the recording medium conveying unit in a conveying direction, wherein the suction unit discharges air toward the recording medium that is being conveyed by the re-conveying unit.09-03-2009
20090219371SHEET FEEDING DEVICE, IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND SHEET FEEDING AMOUNT COMPENSATING METHOD - A sheet feeding device for intermittently feeding a sheet member on the basis of a commanded feeding amount included in each of successively generated feeding commands, including an upstream feeding roller and a downstream feeding roller and rotated by respective first and second amounts of rotation corresponding to the commanded feeding amount, an obtaining portion for obtaining an overrun amount of the sheet member immediately after a trailing edge of the sheet member has left the upstream feeding roller, on the basis of a difference obtained by subtracting a first feeding amount which is a product of a first radius and the first amount of rotation of the upstream feeding roller, from a second feeding amount which is a product of a second radius and the second amount of rotation of the downstream feeding roller, an estimating portion for estimating whether the trailing edge leaves the upstream feeding roller during feeding of the sheet member according to the next feeding command, and a subtracting portion for subtracting the obtained overrun amount of the sheet member from the next commanded feeding amount included in the next feeding command, when the estimating portion estimates that the trailing edge leaves the upstream feeding roller.09-03-2009
20100020151Identification Card Printer-Assembler for Over-The-Counter Card Issuing - The present invention relates to assembling identification documents in an over-the-counter issuing environment. In one implementation of the present invention, we provide an ink jet printer-based assembling system. An identification document substrate receives ink jet printed information. The printed substrate is laminated. In another implementation, a carrier web carries lamination pieces. Both the carrier web and the document substrate include form feed holes or other registration notches. The holes or notches are used to align the substrate with the lamination pieces, and to align a laminated document substrate for final cutting.01-28-2010
20090219370INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet recording apparatus including an ink jet head in which a plurality of nozzles are arranged, a sub-scan driving unit which carries a recording medium to be formed with an image, a suction unit which sucks the recording medium on the sub-scan driving unit, and a heating unit which is disposed with respect to at least one place of the sub-scan driving unit in a direction perpendicular to a carrying direction of the recording medium with a gap therebetween.09-03-2009
20090244243IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - In an image recording apparatus using an inkjet mode, printing paper fed from a paper feeder 10-01-2009
20110211031ROLL PAPER CONVEYING APPARATUS, INKJET PRINTER, AND ROLL PAPER CONVEYING METHOD - A movable member encoder is used to detect the position of a movable member, and a correction value calculator calculates a correction value corresponding to the amount of displacement of the movable member from a reference position and the integration of the amount of displacement. The correction value calculated by the correction value calculator is then used in correcting a voltage instruction value output from a feed motor controller to a feed motor.09-01-2011
20100066794INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet recording apparatus includes a conveyance mechanism, a recording mechanism and a control unit. The conveyance mechanism has a roller in contact with a recording surface of a sheet and conveys the sheet in a first direction. The recording mechanism records an image on a recording surface using a recording head on which a plurality of nozzles are formed over a range covering a width of a sheet to be used along a second direction crossing the first direction. The control unit, which controls the conveyance and recording mechanisms, performs an image record operation and a preliminary discharge operation onto the recording surface.03-18-2010
20100066795INKJET PRINTER - A media sheet re-supply section is provided which connects the downstream side end to the upstream side end of a feeding section provided at a printing section to form an orbiting feed path together with the feeding section, and which flips over a media sheet sent out from the downstream side end of the feeding section, of which one side has received printing, and supplies it to the upstream side end of the feeding section. The media sheet re-supply section has a length of a feed path capable of holding, during printing on a current media sheet by the printing section, at least one preceding media sheet printed prior to the current media sheet.03-18-2010
20100238249VACUUM TRANSPORT DEVICE WITH NON-UNIFORM BELT HOLE PATTERN - An apparatus comprises a vacuum belt having belt edges and a contact surface between the belt edges. The contact surface is adapted to contact sheets of print media and the sheets of print media have sheet edges and a central sheet region. The contact surface has a central belt region located where the central sheet region of the sheets of print media contacts the contact surface of the vacuum belt. The contact surface has border regions located where the sheet edges of the sheets of print media contact the contact surface of the vacuum belt. The central belt region is located between the border regions. The contact surface has vacuum holes, and the vacuum holes comprise an irregular pattern, such that a different density of holes is located within the border regions relative to the central belt region.09-23-2010
20110074898WEB PRINTER AND SUPPORT STRUCTURE - In one embodiment, a web printer includes a base, an arched member detachably supported on the base for supporting a web, and multiple print bars each detachably supported on the arched member. A positioning system is operatively connected between the arched member and the base when the arched member is supported on the base for aligning the arched member to the base. In one embodiment, the web printer also includes a second positioning system operatively connected between each print bar and the arched member when the print bar is supported on the arched member for aligning the print bars to the arched member.03-31-2011
20120120172PRINTING APPARATUS ARRANGED TO LOWER, POSITION AND RAISE PRESSURE ELEMENTS IN THE PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus has a path for transporting flat items in the x-direction, and allows insertion and removal of a box-shaped module along the y-direction. The box-shaped module has a pressure device that exerts pressure in the z-direction on the flat items to be transported. The x-direction, y-direction and z-direction are orthogonal to one another. The components of the box-shaped module in combination with guides of the printing apparatus cooperate to initially move the pressure device along the z-direction during insertion of the box-shaped module into the printing apparatus and to move said box pressure device opposite along the z-direction upon reaching a predetermined position.05-17-2012
20120120171Image Transfix Apparatus Using High Frequency Motion Generators - A phase change ink imaging device includes a transfix apparatus configured to apply ultrasonic action to ink pixels deposited onto an image bearing surface to facilitate transfer and/or fixing of the ink pixels to print media.05-17-2012
20110149004PRINTER INCLUDING POSITIONABLE PRINTING UNITS - A printer includes an array of rollers, an array of printing elements, and a positioning structure. The array of rollers is arranged in a first arc configuration to rollingly support a media web in a first orientation. The array of printing elements is arranged in a second arc configuration along the first orientation and movable relative to the array of rollers to selectively modify a space there between. Each respective printing element is aligned directly above one of the respective rollers to define a printing unit. A positioning structure is configured to releasably secure each printing unit at one position of a plurality of positions along the respective first and second arc configurations.06-23-2011
20120268541INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD - An ink jet recording apparatus in which an image is recorded by ejecting a pigment ink from an ink jet head on a recording surface of a recording medium, the apparatus including: a recording medium transporting unit which transports the recording medium, and a recording medium discharging unit which discharges the recording medium, wherein the recording medium discharging unit includes a discharging roller installed on the opposite side to the recording surface of the recording medium and a cylinder-shaped driven roller installed on the recording surface side of the recording medium so as to face the discharging roller, the driven roller has an electrical resistivity smaller than 108 Ωcm, and is grounded, and the pigment ink has an electrical conductivity of equal to or more than 0.5 mS/m.10-25-2012
20100097434HEATED FOLDING SYSTEM FOR A PHASE CHANGE INK IMAGING DEVICE - A folding system includes a media pathway configured to transport a print substrate having phase change ink thereon. The folding system includes a folding apparatus disposed along the media pathway configured to fold the print substrate. A folding heater is configured to heat the phase change ink on the print media to a folding temperature. The folding temperature is above ambient temperature and below a melting temperature for phase change ink.04-22-2010
20080266372INK-JET PRINTER - An ink-jet printer includes a transporting unit that includes a plurality of transporting belts for transporting a print medium disposed at predetermined intervals in the width direction of the print medium; a first ink-jet head that discharges ink droplets to the print medium disposed on the transporting belts, the centerline of the printing area of the first ink-jet head in the width direction of the print medium corresponding to that of the transporting force of the transporting belts in the width direction of the print medium; a second ink-jet head disposed in series of the first ink-jet head in a direction in which the print medium is transported, the centerline of the printing area of the second ink-jet head in the width direction of the print medium corresponding to that of the printing area of the first ink-jet head in the width direction of the print medium; and a print-medium guide that adjusts the position of the centerline of the print medium in the width direction thereof such that the centerline of the print medium corresponds to that of the transporting force of the transporting belts in the width direction of the print medium when the print medium is placed on the transporting belts.10-30-2008
20080252710SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, CORRECTION INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONVEYING SHEETS AND METHOD OF ACQUIRING CORRECTION INFORMATION - Performed is conveying-error correction in accordance with the kind and the number of rollers that are actually involved in the conveying of a printing medium. Each of the rollers that are potentially involved in the conveying of the printing medium has a unique amount of eccentricity, and may affect the quality of image to be printed in a peculiar manner. To address this problem, a surface of the printing medium is divided into areas according to the number and the combination of the rollers that are actually involved in the conveying. A pattern each is printed for each of the areas thus formed while the pattern enables the detection of the conveying error. A correction value to correct the conveying error is calculated using each of the patterns. The correction values thus obtained are reflected in the conveying of the printing medium.10-16-2008
20110261132METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING IMAGE - An image forming apparatus includes a carriage on which a recording head is mounted, a carriage drive mechanism including a motor to reciprocate the carriage, a sheet transport mechanism to transport the sheet in a direction orthogonal to a movement direction of the carriage, a sheet guide member arranged below the recording head and having a guide unit which is opposite to the recording head and on which the sheet passes, a paper loading unit arranged below the recording head and containing the stacked sheet before printing, a first transport path to transport the sheet from the paper loading unit to between the recording head and the sheet guide member while inverting the sheet, a second transport path to transport the sheet from the paper loading unit to a temporal containing unit in a state where a front-back direction of the sheet is kept, and a third transport path to transport the sheet from the temporal containing unit to between the recording head and the sheet guide member in a state where the front-back direction of the sheet is kept.10-27-2011
20110261131SUBSTRATE MOVEMENT IN A PRINTER - Apparatus is described for handling a print substrate in a printer. In examples described, the substrate is a web, for example a continuous web. A web support device is provided for supporting the web in a printing region and a web transport device is adapted to move the web forwards and backwards in the printing region. In examples described, multipass printing is carried out.10-27-2011
20110261130PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus is provided which can prevent foreign matters such as ink adhering to the surface of the conveying belt from getting transferred to other constitutional components. When the conveying belt is rotating in one direction, the foreign matters adhering to the surface of the conveying belt is removed by the wiper. When the conveying belt rotates a predetermined distance in the opposite direction, the pinch roller, the electric charge removing roller and the electric charge supply roller that are in contact with the belt surface are disengaged from the surface of the conveying belt. The predetermined distance is set equal to a rotating distance that the conveying belt rotates until a portion of the surface of the conveying belt, which was in contact with the wiper, comes into contact with the pinch roller, the electric charge removing roller and the electric charge supply roller.10-27-2011
20110074899PRINTING PAPER SEASONING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - In a printing paper seasoning apparatus, sheets of paper are placed in a stack in a paper accommodating section. A direction to which convex sides of curled sheets face is taken as a curl direction. An air flow is controlled in such a manner that during an initial period of an air blowing, the air flow supplied to one of the upper and lower portions of the paper accommodating section on a side opposite from the curl direction is greater than the air flow supplied to the other of the upper and lower portions on a side of the curl direction, and during a latter period of the air blowing, the air flow supplied to the one of the upper and lower portions on the side opposite from the curl direction is reduced and the air flow supplied to the other on the side of the curl direction is increased.03-31-2011
20110134201CONVEYING MECHANISM AND RECORDING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - Provided is a recording medium conveying mechanism including an endless center conveying belt and endless side conveying belts, the endless center conveying belt and the endless side conveying belts being looped over a driving roller to be driven by a motor, a driven roller and a tension roller. The center conveying belt is positioned in a center in a width direction of a recording medium to be conveyed, and the side conveying belts are positioned on opposite sides in a width direction of the center conveying belt, respectively. The center conveying belt includes a material with a high elastic modulus while the side conveying belts include a material with a low elastic modulus, and a biasing member for providing a tension to the center conveying belt and the side conveying belts is provided on a shaft of the tension roller.06-09-2011
20110134200APPARATUS FOR TRANSPORTING TRANSPORTATION TARGET MEDIUM AND IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - An apparatus for transporting a transportation target medium, including: an endless belt that has a plurality of belt-side suction holes; and a supporting section that has a plurality of supporting-section-side suction holes, wherein a force of suction acts at areas where the belt-side suction holes substantially overlap the supporting-section-side suction holes for transporting the transportation target medium, the belt-side suction holes are arranged at a first pitch in a first direction, the supporting-section-side suction holes are arranged at the first pitch in a second direction, either of the belt-side suction holes and the supporting-section-side suction holes, or both the belt-side suction holes and the supporting-section-side suction holes, are quadrangular holes, and the open width of each of the quadrangular holes is one half of the first pitch.06-09-2011
20100315474TRANSPORT ROLLER, TRANSPORT DEVICE AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A transport device includes a transport roller that is formed into a cylindrical shape in such a manner that a pair of end surfaces thereof are matched with each other by press working, and includes a medium supporting region in a part thereof in a longitudinal direction, while the medium supporting region supporting a medium; and a bearing that pivotally supports a region of the transport roller, the region being other than the medium supporting region. The transport roller includes an opening in the region other than the medium supporting region in a seam formed by matching the pair of end surfaces with each other.12-16-2010
20120147113NAIL PRINT APPARATUS - Disclosed is a nail print apparatus including a printing finger fixation section which fixes a printing finger and a printing section, and the printing finger fixation section includes at least on finger insertion member which is provided so as to slide along a finger inserting direction according to a length of the printing finger when the printing finger is inserted, and the finger insertion member includes a nail portion exposure window which is provided for exposing the nail portion in a side of the printing section, a finger pressing section for pressing a vicinity of a base of the nail portion from above when the printing finger is inserted, and an abutment member which is arranged in a back side in the finger inserting direction than the nail portion exposure window so that a tip portion of the printing finger abuts when the printing finger is inserted.06-14-2012
20080218578RECORDING APPARATUS - There is provided a recording apparatus in which a pressure contact position of a pinch roller to a conveying roller and a distance between the pressure contact position of the pinch roller and a platen can be properly set corresponding to different recording conditions so that a high quality image can be recorded even under the different recording conditions. A movement of the pressure contact position in which the pressure contact position of the pinch roller 09-11-2008
20080218577CONVEYOR BELT WITH LINEAR SCALE, CONVEYOR BELT DRIVING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus for printing characters, figures, or images by ejecting fine liquid from a plurality of nozzles to form fine particles on a print medium. The printing apparatus includes: a conveyor-belt driving system in which a conveyor belt with a linear scale is used, the conveyor belt having a magnetic layer including a magnetic pattern serving as a linear scale on the inner circumference of the conveyor belt along the direction of conveyance of the print medium; scale-pattern detection unit that detects the scale pattern of the linear scale on the conveyor belt; print-timing determination unit that determines the timing to print on the print medium according to the scale pattern detected by the scale-pattern detection unit; and printing unit that prints on the print medium at the print timing determined by the print-timing determination unit.09-11-2008
20080218576Escort belt for improved printing of a media web in an ink printing machine - An escort belt facilitates removal of particulate from a print zone in an ink printing machine while maintaining proper registration of printing media in the print zone. The escort belt includes an endless belt having a width between a first and a second edge of the escort belt that is greater than a media sheet carried by the escort belt, a first plurality of apertures arranged in a longitudinal line proximate one of the belt edges of the escort belt, and a second plurality of apertures distributed between the first plurality of apertures and the other edge of the escort belt, the apertures of the first plurality having a shape different from that of the second plurality of apertures and the apertures of the first aperture plurality being positioned so the apertures are only partially covered by edges of the media being held to the escort belt by a vacuum source applied to the first and the second pluralities.09-11-2008
20100066793INKJET IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING ARRAY TYPE PRINT HEAD - An inkjet image forming apparatus having an array type print head to stably deliver a printing medium through a printing zone. The inkjet image forming apparatus includes an array type print head including a nozzle part to discharge ink to a printing zone, a first rolling unit having a first nip portion to nip the printing medium, wherein the first nip portion is disposed before the printing zone to deliver the printing medium to the printing zone, and a second rolling unit having a second nip portion to nip the printing medium, wherein the second nip portion is disposed downstream of the first rolling unit in a delivery direction of the printing medium. A distance between the first nip portion and the second nip portion is less than or equal to 3 inches.03-18-2010
20090322844RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a holding tray in which a second recording material can be set and a transportation driving roller that transports a first recording material and the holding tray. A front edge of the holding tray is set back from an outer edge of the second recording material set in the holding tray.12-31-2009
20110187804LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A printer includes a reversal transportation path which transports a paper to which ink ejected from liquid ejecting heads has adhered toward a downstream side in the transportation direction. In the printer, the reversal transportation path is formed between a pair of guiding plates having a substantially circular arc shape along the transportation direction of the paper and opening holes which blow out wind toward the reversal transportation path from a blowing unit are provided on an inner guiding plate of the pair of the guiding plates, which is positioned at the center side of the circular arc shape.08-04-2011
20110187803MEDIUM FEED DEVICE AND RECORDING APPARATUS - A medium feed device has a configuration in which a feed section is provided to send a medium in the front-and-back direction of the medium feed device, the device includes a guide member which guides the medium in the back face side of the medium feed device, the guide member is provided to be capable of being extended and contracted in a direction connecting the base end side and the free-end side of the guide member, and the guide member forms a feed pathway for a the medium which is held to have a roll shape which is sent further from the back face side than the guide member, in a first state where the guide member is contracted, and forms a feed pathway for a fed medium of a single sheet shape which is sent from the guide member, in a second state where the guide member is extended.08-04-2011
20110187802NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION APPARATUS - Provided is a newspaper production apparatus which can make the processing mechanisms after digital printing small-scaled and which can quite easily obtain a favorably stacked state of sheets. The newspaper production apparatus includes: a paper feeding unit which feeds a continuous paper; ink jet printing units; and a folding unit which cuts and folds the continuous paper after being printed. The folding unit is configured as a rotary folding unit provided with a folding cylinder including: a retaining mechanism which retains a sheet on an outer circumferential surface of the folding cylinder; and a folding blade mechanism which projects the retained sheet radially outward. The rotary folding unit is capable of collect run by which sheets retained by the retaining mechanism are folded at each plural number of turns of the folding cylinder.08-04-2011
20110149003INK-JET PRINTER - An image recording apparatus includes first and second drums configured to transfer a recording medium, first and second recording sections arranged in opposition to the first and second drums, respectively, and each including a recording head configured to record an image on the recording medium, and a main body frame configured to rotatably support at least the first and second drums, and when replacement of the recording head is to be carried out, each of the first and second recording sections is moved in a direction perpendicular to an axial direction of a rotating shaft of corresponding one of the first and second drums, and in horizontal direction.06-23-2011
20100026772IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a recording head configured to jet liquid droplets; and a sheet supporting unit configured to support a sheet that is conveyed facing the recording head, in such a manner that a predetermined gap is provided between the sheet and the recording head, the sheet supporting unit including fixed ribs and movable ribs, wherein the movable ribs are movable within a range such that a top edge of each of the movable ribs supporting the sheet does not exceed a top edge of each of the fixed ribs supporting the sheet.02-04-2010
20100020152IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus including: (a) a conveying device for conveying a recording medium on a supporting surface; (b) a nip roller movable to be brought into contact with the conveyed recording medium when the conveyed recording medium has a portion positioned in a contactable position; (c) a moving device for moving the nip roller, so as to place the nip roller selectively in a gripping state and a releasing state, such that the nip roller, while being placed in the gripping state, is held in contact with the conveyed recording medium so as to cooperate with the supporting surface to grip the conveyed recording medium therebetween when the conveyed recording medium has a portion positioned in the contactable position, and such that the nip roller, while being placed in the releasing state, is not in contact with the conveyed recording medium; and (d) a controlling device for controlling the moving device such that the nip roller is placed in one of the gripping state and the releasing state which is selected depending on a position of the conveyed recording medium.01-28-2010
20100020150VACUUM PLATEN FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a source of negative pressure; a platen including a plurality of chambers that are connected to the source of negative pressure; and a media sensing system configured to sense an extent of overlay of media over the plurality of chambers of the platen. A controller is responsive to input from the media sensing system. The controller is configured to adjust the source of negative pressure depending on the extent of overlay of media over the plurality of chambers of the platen.01-28-2010
20110115867SUCTION CUPS FOR INK-BASED PRINTERS - A suction cup for a printer includes a cup portion that includes a contact surface adapted to contact print media within the printer, the contact surface being formed by a low surface energy material. In some embodiments, the contact surface is rough.05-19-2011
20120147112IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus including an image forming device to form an ink image on a recording sheet, a discharger to discharge the sheet bearing the ink image in a face-down manner, and a stacker to stack the discharged sheet thereon. The stacker includes a first surface to deform a rear end portion of the sheet, and a second surface which has a surface to press a front end portion of the sheet and is slanting so as to rise in the sheet discharging direction. The first and second surfaces are arranged such that the first surface or an extended surface thereof intersects at an angle with the second surface or an extended surface thereof to form an intersection line and such that when the front edge of the recording sheet reaches the second surface, the rear edge of the recording sheet has not yet been discharged by the discharger.06-14-2012
20120306978PRINTING APPARATUS WITH PIVOTABLE DUPLEXING UNIT - A pivotable duplexing unit is attached to the wall of a printer using a hinge having an axis that is substantially perpendicular to the base. A latch and catch holds the pivotable duplexing unit in a closed position relative to the wall of the printing apparatus. The wall includes a support member for the hinge, and the pivotable duplexing unit further includes a pin for pivoting in a support member of the hinge. The support member includes a bearing surface that is substantially parallel to the base. The pin member includes an end that makes pivotable contact with the bearing surface.12-06-2012
20110050826TRANSPORT APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS - A transport apparatus which transports a sheet-like medium along a transport direction while one surface of the sheet-like medium is sucked to a holding surface, includes side members having opposed faces which are opposed to a portion of the holding surface at a position near the edge of the holding surface in a width direction intersecting with the transport direction. The side members form spaces between the other surface of the sheet-like medium and the opposed faces when the sheet-like medium is transported in a state where edges of the sheet-like medium in the width direction are interposed between the opposed faces and the holding surface.03-03-2011
20110050825RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus, includes: a record head having an image formation surface which forms an image on a recording medium; a conveyance belt which conveys the recording medium to a position to face the image formation surface; a media attracting platen having a pair of electrodes, which is disposed in such a manner that the conveyance belt is sandwiched between the media attracting platen and the image formation surface; a voltage supply unit which applies a voltage to the pair of electrodes so as to attract the recording medium to the conveyance belt; and a transport unit which moves at least one of the conveyance belt and the media attracting platen so that a spacing distance between the conveyance belt and the media attracting platen is selectively switched between a first distance and a second distance longer than the first distance.03-03-2011
20120038727INKJET PRINTER AND INK EJECTING METHOD - According to one embodiment, the inkjet printer includes an endless device which has a circumferential surface for adsorbing a sheet, an inkjet head for ejecting ink, a tray, and a controller. The tray is moved from a home position toward the inkjet head along a circumferential surface of the endless device, using the tray moving mechanism. The tray is inserted to a clearance between the circumferential surface of the endless device and the inkjet head. The inkjet head ejects ink toward the tray if the tray moves to a position facing the inkjet head.02-16-2012
20120098914INKJET PRINTING MACHINE - The printing machine (04-26-2012
20110063391SHEET FEEDER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME - A sheet feeder for transporting a sheet unreeled from a roll includes a feed roller to unreel the sheet from the roll, a registration roller to transport the sheet unreeled by the feed roller to the image forming unit, a pressure roller pressing against the registration roller, forming a registration nip together with the registration roller, a movable sheet guide to guide the sheet to the registration roller, disposed between the feed roller and the registration roller in a sheet conveyance path, a support member to movably support the movable sheet guide relative to an apparatus body in which the sheet feeder is disposed, and a bias member to bias the sheet guide toward the sheet. The movable sheet guide wraps more of the sheet around the registration roller as a degree of tension of the sheet increases by moving against a bias force exerted by the bias member.03-17-2011
20110316952CONSUMABLE PRODUCT ACCOMMODATING DEVICE, LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CONSUMABLE PRODUCT ACCOMMODATING DEVICE - A consumable product accommodating device includes an accommodating body, a cushioning member, a weight detecting unit and a control unit. The accommodating body accommodates a consumable product whose weight decreases due to being fed to a consumption side, and is consumed with the accommodating body being configured and arranged to move between a first position and a second position. The cushioning member applies a cushioning force to the accommodating body when the accommodating body moves between the first position and the second position with the cushioning force resisting a movement of the accommodating body. The weight detecting unit is configured and arranged to detect the weight of the consumable product accommodated in the accommodating body. A control unit is configured to control magnitude of the cushioning force applied by the cushioning member according to the detected weight of the consumable product.12-29-2011
20120044309PRINTER - Problems related to being unable to convey recording paper in a printer due to the tension guide that guides the recording paper while tensioning the paper are eliminated. A removable guide 02-23-2012
20110157287FLUID EJECTING APPARATUS - Provided is a fluid ejecting apparatus including: a fluid ejecting head; a receiving member which is linear; a support member which supports the receiving member so as to extend in a linear shape; a support member movement unit which moves the support member between first and second positions so that the receiving member is located at a receiving position capable of receiving the fluid ejected from the nozzles at the first position, and the receiving member is located at a retreat position deviating from the receiving position at the second position; and a contact member which comes into contact with the receiving member while moving in a direction intersecting the extension direction of the receiving member relative to the receiving member when the support member movement unit moves the support member from the second position to the first position.06-30-2011
20120044311Liquid Ejecting Apparatus - A liquid ejecting head is adapted to eject liquid toward a target medium. A transporter is adapted to transport a tray on which the target medium is mounted toward a region facing the liquid ejecting head via a transporting path. A tray guide is disposed in a front side of the liquid ejecting apparatus, and having a supporting face adapted to support the tray thereon. The tray guide is movable between a first position connecting the supporting face with the transporting path to allow the transporter to transport the tray to the transporting path and a second position escaping the supporting face from the transporting path. The supporting face is kept being parallel to the transporting path when the tray guide is moved between the first position and the second position.02-23-2012
20120044310POSITION ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM AND RECORDING APPARATUS - A position adjustment mechanism is provided to adjust a position of second member with respect to a first member. The position adjustment mechanism includes: a cam that is provided in the first member so that a cam surface of the cam abuts the second member; and a fixing portion that is provided in a forming area of the cam surface in the first member and fixes the second member to the first member by screw in a state where the position of the second member with respect to the first member is adjusted by the cam.02-23-2012
20120001992IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus including: (a) a first conveyor configured to convey a recording medium along a first conveyance path; (b) a first recording head; (c) a second conveyor configured to convey the recording medium along a second conveyance path; (d) a second recording head; (e) a third conveyor configured to convey the recording medium along a third conveyance path; and (f) a posture changer configured to change a posture of at least a downstream-side portion of the first conveyor between a first angular posture and a second angular posture, such that at least a downstream-side part of the first conveyance path is directed to the second conveyance path when the at least the downstream-side portion of the first conveyor takes the first angular posture, and such that the at least the downstream-side part of the first conveyance path is directed to the third conveyance path when the at least the downstream-side portion of the first conveyor takes the second angular posture.01-05-2012
20100302331INK JET PRINTING DEPTH OF FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS - A system for maintaining depth of focus in an ink jet printer between a series of print heads and corrugated media includes a vacuum transport in combination with an acquisition cylinder positioned upstream of the series of print heads in order to help the vacuum transport acquire the corrugated media and work in conjunction with a series of star wheels distributed about and positioned immediately adjacent to each of the series of print heads to suppress cross process direction curl.12-02-2010
20120206550SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A sheet conveying apparatus coveys a sheet while nipping the sheet between a conveyance roller and a pinch roller. The pinch roller includes a first roller portion and a second roller portion adjacent to each other in a rotational axial direction thereof. The pinch roller further includes a mechanism configured to change a difference between a pressing force that the first roller portion applies to the conveyance roller and a pressing force that the second roller portion applies to the conveyance roller.08-16-2012
20120206551PRINTER WITH FORCE TRANSMITTING PATH SELECTING MECHANISM - A printer includes a carriage movable between first and second ends of a reciprocating path; and a driving force-transmitting, path-selecting mechanism provided at the second end. The force-transmitting, path-selecting mechanism includes a driving force outputting member; force receiving members; a selecting member; and a position retainer. The selecting member connects the driving force outputting member to one of the force receiving members, and moves with the carriage when the carriage moves in a vicinity of the second end in a first direction from the first end to the second end. The position retainer keeps the position of the selecting member when the carriage moves in a second direction from the second end to the first end. The force receiving member connected to the driving force outputting member is selected in accordance with a movement of the carriage along the reciprocating path.08-16-2012
20120044308RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a recording head that ejects a liquid thereby performing recording on a recording medium, and a support member disposed so as to oppose the recording head. The support member includes a deposit recess located at a position corresponding to the respective end portion of the recording medium in the width direction intersecting with the transport direction, for receiving the liquid ejected to a region deviated from the recording medium in a marginless recording process, and a support region provided upstream of the deposit recess in the transport direction so as to support a back surface of the recording medium, and most upstream nozzles in the transport direction are not used in the marginless recording process.02-23-2012
20120154500IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - A plurality of through holes are provided between upstream ejection ports and downstream ejection ports. Thereby, when a rear end portion and therearound of a paper sheet is opposed to the downstream ejection ports, gas sucked to suction holes exposed at an upstream side of the paper sheet can be absorbed from the through holes. This can suppress an airflow occurring between a housing and the paper sheet. As a result, deviation of ink droplets ejected from the downstream ejection ports can be suppressed.06-21-2012
20120026265FEEDING APPARATUS - A feeding apparatus for roll paper that enables downsizing and a stable feeding of a printer pressurizes a roll paper shaft to press-contact with a feeding roller, and thereafter, drives the feeding roller to feed the paper, and urges a pick-up guide to contact an outer circumference of the roll paper. In a feeding mechanism for picking up the leading edge of the roll paper, a tip end of the pick-up guide rotates in a direction to widen a paper conveyance path as a remaining amount of the roll paper becomes less, and a part of the pick-up guide moves to a direction to approach the roll paper to be conveyed or a direction to urge the roll paper according to the rotation of the pick-up guide.02-02-2012
20090153636Apparatus for Pressing Flat Materials onto a Transport Module - An apparatus for pressing flat materials onto a transport module with a transport belt includes a holding carrier for pressing elements being disposed under a feed table. At least one of the pressing elements is mounted on the holding carrier with a multiplicity of individual resilient or sprung constituent parts, or a multiplicity of pressing elements are disposed on the holding carrier below the transport belt in a transport direction. The pressing elements can protrude through an opening in the feed table, in order to provide suitable pressure from below on the transport belt of the transport module.06-18-2009
20120062675PAPER CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND PRINTER - A paper conveyance device for a printing device is disclosed that includes a detector and first, second, and third conveyance mechanisms. The first conveyance mechanism includes a tractor that conveys continuous paper along a paper feed direction. The second conveyance mechanism is disposed between the first conveyance mechanism and a print head and includes feed and pressure rollers. The third conveyance mechanism is disposed downstream from the print head and includes feed and pressure rollers. The detector detects the paper feed distance of the first conveyance mechanism and the rotation of the feed roller of the second conveyance mechanism, and adjusts the paper feed distance of the first conveyance mechanism based on the detected paper feed distance. A paper feed distance per unit time of each of the second and third conveyance mechanisms is greater than a paper feed distance per unit time of the first conveyance mechanism.03-15-2012
20120026266Ink-Jet Recording Apparatus and Recording Method Therefor - A recording apparatus has a recording head, a platen, and a first hole. The recording head includes a dot formation element array, and the platen holds a recording medium opposite the recording head. The first hole is disposed in an area of the platen opposite a downstream portion of the dot formation element array and guides ink discarded outside an end of the recording medium when the end is printed without a margin. Alternatively or additionally, a second hole is formed in an area of the platen opposite an upstream portion of the dot formation element array, and the platen guides ink, which is discarded outside an end of the recording medium when the end is printed without a margin, to the second hole.02-02-2012
20120062679INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD - According to one embodiment, an inkjet recording apparatus includes a conveying unit, an inkjet recording head, and a vibratory unit. The conveying unit is configured to convey a recording medium along a conveying path. The recording medium includes first and second surfaces which are opposed to each other. The inkjet recording head is arranged on the conveying path and is configured to eject an ink toward the first surface to apply the ink to the recording medium. The vibratory unit is configured to apply an ultrasonic vibration to the recording medium. The vibratory unit is arranged on the conveying path downstream of the inkjet recording head and includes an end part configured to make substantially line contact with the second surface along a width direction of the recording medium. The width direction is substantially perpendicular to a conveying direction in which the recording medium is conveyed.03-15-2012
20120062678RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING/CUTTING CONTROL METHOD - A recording apparatus includes a cutting execution unit that cuts a recording medium in a width direction by operating a cutter at a cutting position corresponding to the position of a image to be recorded on the recording medium with a hold down device being actuated (corresponding to S03-15-2012
20120062677PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD THEREFOR - A printing apparatus includes: a transporting unit that transports a printing medium; a printing unit that performs a printing process on the printing medium, which is transported forward from an upstream side to a downstream side by the transporting unit, at a print position in a transport path; a cutting unit that cuts the printing medium at a cutting position on the downstream side of the print position so as to divide a part of the printing medium, on which the printing process is performed, from a non-printed part thereof on the upstream side of the part; and a removing unit that removes cutting dust. The printing unit performs the printing process on the non-printed part thereof from which the cutting dust is removed through the removing unit by transporting the printing medium backward to the print position.03-15-2012
20120062676PAPER CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND PRINTER - A paper conveyance device for a printing device that prints information using a printhead on conveyed continuous paper R, including a paper conveyance mechanism that holds and conveys the continuous paper to the print area of the printhead, and a guide unit that has two guide surfaces facing the conveyed continuous paper. The guide unit has a plurality of ribs that are disposed to at least one of the two guide surfaces with a specific gap therebetween in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction, protrude to the continuous paper side, and extend in the conveyance direction. The rib located in the middle of the width of the conveyed continuous paper being the longest of the plural ribs in the conveyance direction, and the length in the conveyance direction of the other ribs becoming gradually shorter with proximity to the sides of the continuous paper width.03-15-2012
20120062674IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD - An image recording device includes a suction part and a control part. The suction part is configured to suction a medium on a medium support part via suction holes and has a negative pressure chamber communicating with the suction holes and at least two air-blowing parts whereby air inside the negative pressure chamber is discharged and negative pressure is generated in the negative pressure chamber, the air-blowing parts being attached at different positions on an outer surface of the negative pressure chamber. The control part is configured to switch between a first mode in which a suction force of the suction part on the medium is set to a first suction force and a second mode in which the suction force is set to a second suction force lower than the first suction force. The control part is configured to stop one of the air-blowing parts in the second mode.03-15-2012
20120062673DUPLEX WEB PRINTER WITH TURNING MECHANISM - A printing machine for printing on a web includes a plurality of guide rollers for guiding the web through a simplex and a duplex path in the printing machine. The duplex path is adjacent and laterally shifted with respect to the simplex path. An apparatus for turning or laterally shifting the web and transfer the web from the simplex path to the duplex path includes four rollers. 90° twists are present between rollers 03-15-2012
20120062672IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD - An image recording device includes a suction part that suctions a medium supported on a medium support part via suction holes, the medium being suctioned by at least two air-blowing parts, and a control part that stops one of the air-blowing parts during an action preceding the conveying action, whereby a first mode in which a first suction force is applied by the suction part on the medium is switched to a second mode in which a second suction force that is lower than the first suction force is applied by the suction part on the medium.03-15-2012
20110043585CONTINUOUS WEB PRINTER WITH UPPER AND LOWER PRINT ZONES FOR OPPOSING SIDES OF WEB - A continuous web printer that has an inlet for receiving a web of media from a media web roll unwinder, an outlet for delivery to a media web roll winder, a media feed path extending from the inlet to the outlet and a plurality of pagewidth printhead assemblies for printing on both sides of the web. The media feed path has an upper print zone positioned above a lower print zone. The upper print zone is a section of the media feed path in which one side of the web is printed and the lower print zone being a section of the media feed path in which the other side of the web is printed.02-24-2011
20110043581WEB PRINTER WITH DUAL PRINT ZONES HAVING OPPOSING FEED DIRECTIONS - A continuous web printer that has an inlet for receiving a web of media from a media web roll unwinder, an outlet for delivery to a media web roll winder, a media feed path extending from the inlet to the outlet and pagewidth inkjet printhead assemblies positioned adjacent the media feed path for printing on both sides of the web. The media feed path has a first print zone positioned adjacent a second print zone. The first print zone is a section of the media feed path in which one side of the web is printed. The second print zone is a section of the media feed path in which the other side of the web is printed. During use the web is fed along the media feed path in a feed direction, the feed direction in the first print zone is opposed to the feed direction in the second print zone.02-24-2011
20110043579Combination laptop computer and printer - A combination laptop computer and printer that is convenient, easy to use and easy to carry for printing materials from the laptop computer. In a preferred embodiment, the invention comprises a laptop computer having a lid pivotally attached to a base with a printer integrally formed with the laptop computer below the base. Alternatively, the printer may be fixedly attached or made integral with an upper surface of the lid or a bottom surface of the base to fixedly join the laptop and printer. In one embodiment, the printer has an intake slot to receive a sheet of paper, a discharge slot to discharge paper and a pull/feed mechanism that pulls the paper in, feeds the paper across the printer head of a printing apparatus and ejects the paper out the discharge slot. Preferably, the printer has a scanning mechanism to scan documents and a replaceable ink cartridge.02-24-2011
20110058003IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a conveying mechanism that is provided in this apparatus body and conveys a sheet, a recording head that ejects an ink to the medium conveyed by this conveying mechanism and records an image on the medium, and a sheet guide that is spaced apart from and opposed to this recording head, guides the sheet, and is provided to be freely inserted into and taken out from the apparatus body.03-10-2011
20110058002PRINTING METHOD - A printing method includes: performing a printing process while transporting a recording medium in a transport direction; and pinching the recording medium between a first roller and a second roller while transporting the recording medium by the second roller, by making the first roller that moves in the transport direction and the second roller that transports the recording medium in the transport direction come close to each other.03-10-2011
20120154501Tape Printing Apparatus - A printing apparatus that receives a supply of an image receiving medium and includes a platen arranged to feed the image receiving medium selectively in one of a forward and reverse direction. A print head arranged to print an image on the image receiving medium while the medium is fed in the forward direction and an arcuate guide portion partially encasing the platen and movable relative to the surface of the platen. The guide portion having an inoperative position in which it is spaced from the print head to permit a supply of image receiving medium to be received and an operative position wherein the guide portion is moved to be proximate to the print head whereby the guide portion in the operative position restricts movement of the image receiving medium in a direction perpendicular to the forward and reverse direction.06-21-2012
20110090295IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus main body, a transport mechanism that is provided in the apparatus main body and transports a sheet, a recording head to record an image by discharging ink to the sheet transported by the transport mechanism, a sheet guide that is provided to be opposite to the recording head and guides the sheet, a transport roller provided at an upstream side of the sheet guide in a sheet transport direction, an ejection roller provided at a downstream side thereof, and a transport unit that integrates the medium guide, the transport roller and the ejection roller and is provided to freely come in and out of the apparatus main body.04-21-2011
20110102532INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus includes a platen holding a recording medium at a position opposed to a recording head, a suction generating member for suctioning the recording medium to the platen, a first recessed portion provided at a region on the platen and connected with the suction generating member, where the region faces a scanning area of the recording head, and a second recessed portion provided at a position on the platen and connected with the suction generating member, where the second recessed portion is provided on the downstream side of a region opposed to the scanning area and provided at a position corresponding to an end portion of the recording medium to be conveyed.05-05-2011
20110102529AQUEOUS INK FOR INKJET RECORDING - The present invention relates to (1) a water-based ink for ink-jet printing having excellent storage stability and anti-curling property which includes particles of a crosslinked water-insoluble polymer containing a colorant wherein a content of water in the ink is 60% by weight or less, and the crosslinked polymer contains an anionic group neutralized with a base in an amount of from 0.5 mmol or more per 1 g of the crosslinked polymer; (2) a process for producing the water-based ink; and (3) a method of reducing curling of a print wherein the print is obtained by printing characters or images thereon with the water-based ink using an ink-jet printer.05-05-2011
20110102530INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink-jet recording apparatus, including: a first recording head and a second recording head each having a plurality of ejection openings from which ink is ejected; a conveying mechanism which defines a conveyance path through which a recording medium is conveyed so as to pass a first position at which the recording medium is opposed to the ejection openings of the first recording head and a second position at which the recording medium is opposed to the ejection openings of the second recording head; and a bypass conveying mechanism which defines a bypass path that is connected to the conveyance path at a position thereof between the first position and the second position, for permitting the recording medium to be conveyed so as to bypass the second position.05-05-2011
20120120174INKJET PRINTING SYSTEM - An inkjet printing system using a non-aqueous ink composition, wherein 05-17-2012
20120120173DISC DRIVING APPARATUS - A disc driving apparatus includes a recording and reproducing unit for recording or reproducing an information signal for a disc-shaped recording medium having a printing surface and a print unit for performing printing to the printing surface of the disc-shaped recording medium. The print unit includes a print head which is pressed to the printing surface when printing is performed on the printing surface, a head feeding unit to which the print head is mounted, the head feeding unit moving along the printing surface of the disc-shaped recording medium, and a guide member for guiding the movement of the head feeding unit. When the print head is pressed to the printing surface while printing is performed on the printing surface, the disc-shaped recording medium is bent so that the printing surface becomes inclined. The guide member is disposed to be inclined according to the inclined state of the printing surface.05-17-2012
20110128338MODULAR MEDIA TRANSPORT SYSTEM - A digital printing system for printing on a continuous web of print media includes a first module and a second module that guide a continuous web of print media under tension through the printing system. At least one of the first module and the second module include a digital printhead for placing marks on the print media as it travels through the module. The first module includes a first support structure. A first mechanism is affixed to the first support structure and includes structure that positions the print media in a cross track direction. A second mechanism is affixed to the first support structure and includes structure that sets a tension of the print media. The second module includes a second support structure and is positioned downstream from the first module. A mechanism that kinematically connects the continuous web of print media traveling through the first module to the continuous web of print media traveling through the second module is affixed to the support structure of the at least one of the first module and the second module. A third mechanism includes structure that sets an angular trajectory of the print media and is affixed to the support structure of the at least one of the first module and the second module.06-02-2011
20100245517PIEZOELECTRIC MOTOR, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, AND CLOCK - A piezoelectric motor includes a piezoelectric element having a piezoelectric layer, and a first and a second electrodes, the first electrode provided on one surface side of the piezoelectric layer, and the second electrode provided on the other surface side of the piezoelectric layer; a piezoelectric actuator having a vibrating member anchored to the first electrode of the piezoelectric element; and a rotational shaft with which the vibrating member makes contact and is rotated thereby. The piezoelectric layer includes a vertical vibration excitation region, provided toward the center of the piezoelectric layer in the widthwise direction, that elicits vertical vibrations, and two groups of bending vibration excitation regions, one group disposed on either side of the vertical vibration excitation region so that two opposing diagonal pairs are formed; and the polarization direction of the vertical vibration excitation region and one of the groups of the bending vibration excitation regions in the piezoelectric layer is inverted relative to the other group of the bending vibration excitation regions.09-30-2010
20100245516SHEET TRANSPORT DEVICE, RECORDING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, AND SHEET TRANSPORT METHOD - A sheet transport device includes a transporter that transports a sheet from an upstream side to a downstream side in a transport direction by a transport roller; a driver that drives the transporter; a phase sensor that detects a phase start point and a rotation phase indicating an amount of rotation from the phase start point of the transport roller that is rotated by driving of the driver; a memory that stores correction phases for correcting transport distance of the sheet that is transported by rotation of the transport roller; a corrector that selectively performs correction control using a unit correction amount for the rotation of the transport roller, and controls the performance of the correction control based on the rotation phase of the rotation.09-30-2010
20100245514INKJET RECORDING METHOD - A inkjet recording method is provided in which occurrence of curling at the time of double-sided recording is prevented. In the method, an inkjet recording medium is used which includes resin coated paper having a resin layer A of thickness “a” at one side of base paper, and a resin layer B thinner than the thickness “a” by a thickness of 3 μm to 20 μm at the other side of the base paper, and ink receiving layers each of which includes an inorganic pigment and a binder and are provided at both sides of the resin coated paper; and an image is recorded on the ink receiving layer at the resin layer B side of the resin coated paper, and subsequently an image is recorded on the ink receiving layer at the resin layer A side of the resin coated paper.09-30-2010
20100245515PRINTER - A printer has a pair of a right side member (09-30-2010
20120300005INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus includes: an ink ejection head having ink ejection openings; a conveyance mechanism which is disposed below the ink ejection head and conveys a recording medium facing the ink ejection openings; a recording medium feeder which is disposed below the conveyance mechanism, is capable of stocking therein a recording medium, and feeds a recording medium to the conveyance mechanism; a refeeder which is partially disposed below the recording medium feeder and which refeeds, to the conveyance mechanism, a recording medium having conveyed by the conveyance mechanism; and an ink reservoir which is disposed below the refeeder and reserves therein ink to be fed to the ink ejection head.11-29-2012
20120300004IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF FORMING IMAGES ON BOTH SIDES OF RECORDING MEDIA - An image forming apparatus includes a body, a conveyance belt, an image forming device, a refeeding unit, a reverse passage, a charging unit, an openable cover, and a unit-interlocked moving device. The charging unit forms part of the reverse passage and includes a charger between an inner side of the reverse passage and one of rotation members. The cover is pivotable between a closed position to cover an internal area including at least the charger and the reverse passage and an open position to open the internal area to an outside of the body. With a pivoting movement of the cover from the closed position to the open position, the moving device moves the charging unit toward an outside of the reverse passage to a removable position at which the charging unit is removable from the body with the cover placed at the open position.11-29-2012
20110181676PRINTING PAPER SEASONING APPARATUS, METHOD OF SEASONING OF PRINTING PAPER, AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - A printing paper seasoning apparatus includes: a loading table on which a plurality of sheets of printing paper are stacked and loaded; a ceiling plate which is disposed above the loading table so as to oppose the loading table for covering over an upper side of a stack of the printing paper loaded on the loading table; an air blowing device which blows air from a side face side into a paper accommodating region formed between the loading table and the ceiling plate which are arranged so as to oppose each other; a side plate arranged in a side face portion of the paper accommodating region; and an exhaust section including openings formed in the side plate, wherein an opening ratio of the exhaust section varies in a vertical direction of the paper accommodating region in such a manner that the opening ratio on a lower side of the exhaust section is smaller than the opening ratio on an upper side of the exhaust section.07-28-2011
20120133719PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus includes: a upstream roller pair arranged on the upstream side of a printing head with respect to a direction in which a sheet is conveyed; and a downstream roller pair arranged on the downstream side of the printing head with respect to the direction, wherein each of the upstream roller pair and the downstream roller pair includes a first roller and a second roller configured to hold the sheet therebetween. In both of the upstream roller pair and the downstream roller pair, a rotation shaft of the second roller is provided to be situated on the downstream side of a rotation shaft of the first roller with respect to the direction.05-31-2012
20120133718IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus, including: a conveyor to convey a recording medium in a conveyance direction; first and second applicators to respectively apply first and second liquids to the recording medium, the second applicator being disposed downstream of the first applicator. One of the first and second liquids causes coagulation or precipitation of a component of the other liquid. The conveyor includes: a first conveying portion; a second conveying portion disposed downstream of the first conveying portion; and a third conveying portion disposed upstream of the first conveying portion. The second applicator is disposed between the first and second conveying portions. The second conveying portion and the third conveying portion constitute a plurality of upstream-side conveying portions. A distance between adjacent two of the upstream-side conveying portions is larger than a distance between the first and second conveying portions.05-31-2012
20090058973PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An inkjet printing device includes a printhead and a rotatable platen. The platen has an opening in which is positioned an ink absorbing member for receiving ink from the printhead.03-05-2009
20090058972PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus including a conveyer system configured to convey a pallet having a print substrate thereon, anteroposterior moving mechanisms, fitting members disposed on the moving mechanisms, a guide bar member that extends in a lateral direction mounted on the fitting members, and a head device that is movably disposed along the guide bar member and has a plurality of inkjet nozzles. The printing apparatus is adapted to conduct printing by ejecting ink droplets from the inkjet nozzles to the print substrate on the pallet which is secured above an upper conveying passage and which is conveyed by the conveyer system while moving the head device.03-05-2009
20120169818INK JET RECORDING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONVEYING RECORDING MEDIUM IN THE SAME - An ink jet recording device includes a recording head, a conveying member, a platen, a supporting member, and a driving member. The recording head ejects ink droplets onto a recording medium. The conveying member conveys the recording medium in a conveying direction. The recording medium has a leading edge and a trailing edge in the conveying direction. The platen is disposed in confrontation with the recording head to support the recording medium while keeping a predetermined distance from the recording head. The supporting member is disposed in the platen to slide in the conveying direction while supporting the recording medium. The driving member drives the supporting member to start sliding in the conveying direction at a starting timing corresponding to a position of at least one of the leading edge and the trailing edge.07-05-2012
20120169817RECORDING APPARATUS, ROTARY MEMBER SUPPORT APPARATUS, AND DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS - A rotary member support apparatus includes a rotary member configured to receive a force in a radial direction and having at a rotation center a cylindrical bearing portion, and a support shaft to be inserted into the bearing portion, wherein the support shaft is formed so as to have at least two protrusions including curved surfaces internally touching the bearing portion of the rotary member.07-05-2012
20120075395APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A FLATTENER IN AN INK-BASED PRINTING APPARATUS - An apparatus and method that operates a flattener in an ink-based printing apparatus. The printing apparatus can include a media path configured to transport media sheets. The printing apparatus can include a marking module configured to jet ink drops to generate images on the media sheets. The printing apparatus can include a flattener configured to flatten the ink jet drops of the images on the media sheets in a flattener nip. The printing apparatus can include a release agent distributer configured to distribute release agent on a first rotational flattener member. The printing apparatus can include a controller configured to control the printing apparatus to reduce an inter-copy gap distance between a first media sheet and a second media sheet to prevent a first rotational flattener member from contacting a second rotational flattener member between the first media sheet and the second media sheet.03-29-2012
20100271453RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a recording head for performing a recording operation by ejecting ink onto a recording surface of a recording medium while moving; a transport section for transporting the recording medium along a transporting path that passes through a recording region in which the recording head performs the recording operation; a platen located in the recording region for supporting a surface opposite the recording surface of the recording medium; and pressing members located in the recording region and being in contact with outer edge portions in a width direction of the recording surface of the recording medium; wherein the pressing members move so as to press the recording medium at an upstream side and at a downstream side of the recording head, with a movement of the recording head.10-28-2010
20100271452RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes: a recording head that executes recording by ejecting ink onto a recording surface of a recording material; a platen that supports a face opposite the recording surface of the recording material positioned on a recording execution region by the recording head; and a plurality of suction hole sections provided in the platen. The platen is configured so that both side edge sections in a width direction provided with the suction hole sections are retractable with respect to the recording head, and both side edge sections of the platen are advanced towards the recording head and are retracted after attaching by suction of a curling section of the right and left side edges of the recording material and then after retraction, recording is executed on the recording material by the recording head.10-28-2010
20120224012SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - Disclosed are a sheet conveying device and an ink jet recording apparatus capable of conveying a sheet in close contact with a drum without wrinkles. In a sheet conveying mechanism which presses a pressing roller against the front surface of a sheet being conveyed by a conveying drum to bring the sheet into close contact with the outer circumferential surface of the conveying drum, a back tension application device is provided at a position immediately before the sheet enters between the conveying drum and the pressing roller. The back tension application device sucks the front surface of the sheet to apply back tension to the sheet. Therefore, it is possible to prevent slackness of the sheet which enters between the pressing roller and the conveying drum and to prevent the occurrence of wrinkles.09-06-2012
20120188322PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - A printer includes: a transport unit that transports a roll of transparent medium; a first nozzles ejecting ink to form a color image; and a second nozzles ejecting ink to form a background image. When a plurality of printed images to be formed by overlapping the color image and the background image continue to be printed on the medium and when the background image of the printed image is located on the outside of the color image in a case where the medium is wound in the roll shape, a confirmation image formed by overlapping the color image and the background image is printed on an end portion of the medium to be wound in the roll shape so that at least a part of the color image is located on the outside of the background image.07-26-2012
20120188321CONVEYOR DEVICE AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - A conveyor device includes a drive roller that conveys a tray or a sheet through a conveying path, a rotating shaft that rotates between a first position and a second position, a spur roller that moves between a fourth position, in which the spur roller approaches the drive roller, and a fifth position, in which the spur roller separates from the drive roller at a distance greater than a thickness of the tray, an elastic shaft that supports the spur roller and urges the spur roller toward the drive roller, a first contacting portion that contacts one surface of the tray passing through the conveying path when the rotating shaft is in the second position; and a second contacting portion that deforms the elastic shaft and that moves the spur roller to the fifth position when the rotating shaft rotates from the first position to the second position.07-26-2012
20120188320CONVEYOR DEVICE AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - A conveyor device includes a drive roller that conveys a tray or a sheet through a conveying path, a rotating shaft that rotates between a third position and a second position via a first position, a spur roller that moves between a fourth position and a fifth position, a first contacting portion that is disposed in the conveying path when the rotating shaft is in the first position and that contacts one surface of the tray passing through the conveying path when the rotating shaft is in the second position, and is separated from the conveying path when the rotating shaft is in the third position, a second contacting portion that moves the spur roller, and a rotating unit configured to rotate the rotating shaft from the third position to the first position.07-26-2012
20110115865LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting unit that ejects liquid onto a medium serving as an ejection target, a medium support unit that is disposed so as to face the liquid ejecting unit and supports the medium, a medium transportation unit that is first located at an upstream side of the liquid ejecting unit in a transportation direction of the medium and transports the medium to a downstream side, a medium contact section that makes contact with the medium between the medium transportation unit and the liquid ejecting unit in the transportation direction of the medium, and a same potential setting unit that sets the medium contact section and a predetermined section of the liquid ejecting unit to have the same potential.05-19-2011
20120081489TRAY UNIT AND IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE - A tray unit includes a first tray, a second tray, and a cover. The first tray includes a first holding surface for holding thereon a first sheet. The second tray includes a second holding surface for holding thereon a second sheet and is configured to slide above and along the first holding surface from a second position to a first position in a first sliding direction and from the first position to the second position in a second sliding direction opposite to the first sliding direction. The cover is configured to cover from above at least a part of the second tray when the second tray is in the second position.04-05-2012
20120081487IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus including a conveyance unit to intermittently convey a recording medium in a conveyance direction, a carriage movable in a main scanning direction and including a recording head, a conveyance path having a curved portion provided downstream from an imaging range of the recording head, a first discharge member provided downstream from the imaging range to discharge the recording medium, and a second discharge member provided downstream from the first discharge member and having a nip to sandwich the recording medium to discharge the recording medium. A length of the conveyance path extending from a downstream edge of the imaging range to the nip is longer than a maximum length of the recording medium usable in the image forming apparatus to prevent a leading edge of the recording medium from being sandwiched by the second discharge member when the carriage performs last scanning movement.04-05-2012
20120081486Recording Apparatus with Removable Member - A recording apparatus including: a casing provided with a feed roller for feeding a recording medium; a removable member insertable into and removable from the casing by being moved relative to the casing in an axial direction of the feed roller, between a removable-member mounted state and a removable-member removed state, wherein on the removable member is mounted a nip roller via a shaft thereof extending in parallel with the axial direction of the feed roller, the nip roller being configured to nip the recording medium with the feed roller in the feeding of the recording medium in the state in which the removable member is in the removable-member mounted state; a force applying portion which applies a force to the nip roller in a direction in which the nip roller is moved toward the feed roller; and a moving mechanism which moves the nip roller against the force in a mounting and removing operation in a direction in which the nip roller is moved away from the feed roller.04-05-2012
20120229584PRINTER CONTROL METHOD AND PRINTER DRIVER - A printer control method and printer driver enable printing efficiently and improving work efficiency while also enabling high precision printing. A method of controlling a printer 09-13-2012
20080297581Inkjet recording apparatus - An inkjet recording apparatus includes color inkjet heads 12-04-2008
20080297580Recording-medium feeding device - A recording-medium feeding device feeds a recording medium by separating loaded recording media sheet by sheet. An air outlet blows air to the recording media from a lateral side with respect to a direction of feeding the recording-medium. The air outlet is formed cross a recording-medium feeding plane, such that an upper edge in an upstream of the recording-medium feeding direction is higher than an upper edge in a downstream of the recording-medium feeding direction.12-04-2008
20120268542RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus has a pair of bearings 10-25-2012
20120268540PRINTER - A printer includes a jet and an adjusting device. The adjusting device includes a base, a movable rod on the base, and an idle roller secured to the movable rod. The idle roller drives a piece of paper to slide. A feed roller is secured above the idle roller, and a gap between the feed roller and the idle roller has a gap height accommodating a paper thickness. A driving mechanism is in a side of the idle roller and transports the piece of paper out of the gap. During a printing process, the feed roller faces a printed side, and the idle roller faces an opposite side. The jet is secured above the printed side and between the driving mechanism and the feed roller. The idle roller moves substantially perpendicular to a printing surface, and the idle roller adjusts the gap height substantially equal to the paper thickness.10-25-2012
20110043580Continuous web printer with short media feed path - A continuous web printer that has an inlet for receiving a web of media from a media web roll unwinder, an outlet for delivery to a media web roll winder, a media feed path extending from the inlet to the outlet and pagewidth inkjet printhead assemblies positioned adjacent the media feed path for printing on both sides of the web. The media feed path extends less than 10 meters from a point where during use, the web is blank, to a point where both sides of the web are printed.02-24-2011
20110211032PRINTER WITH FORCE TRANSMITTING PATH SELECTING MECHANISM - A printer has a carriage being movable between a first end and a second end of a reciprocating path; and a driving force transmitting path selecting mechanism provided at the second end of the reciprocating path. The selecting mechanism has: a common driving force outputting member; a plurality of force receiving members; a selecting member; and a position retainer for keeping the position of the selecting member. The selecting member connects the force outputting member to one of the plurality of force receiving members, and moves in association with the carriage when the carriage moves in a vicinity of the second end in a first direction extending from the first end to the second end. The position retainer keeps the position of the selecting member when the carriage moves in a second direction extending from the second end to the first end. The force receiving member connected to the force outputting member via the selecting member is selected in accordance with a movement of the carriage along the reciprocating path.09-01-2011
20110221843LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE - A liquid ejection device includes a liquid ejection unit configured to eject a liquid onto an ejection medium, and an ejection medium support unit disposed on the transport path of the ejection medium and adapted to support the ejection medium. The ejection medium support unit has a suction opening for retaining the ejection medium through suctional attraction by applying suction on a back face of the ejection medium. A rim of the suction opening has a contour rising above a surrounding area of the suction opening.09-15-2011
20100245518PIEZOELECTRIC MOTOR, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND TIMEPIECE - A piezoelectric motor includes: a piezoelectric actuator; and a driven portion. The piezoelectric actuator includes a piezoelectric element and a vibration member. The piezoelectric element has a piezoelectric layer and a first and a second electrode provided on both surfaces of the piezoelectric layer, respectively, and the vibration member is fixed on the first electrode side of the piezoelectric element. The driven portion which is rotated by the protrusion portion of the vibration member vibrated by the piezoelectric element, while the driven portion being abutted thereon. In the piezoelectric motor, a plurality of grooves which are open at a tip end surface of the protrusion portion and penetrate in a thickness direction are provided on a plurality of points of the protrusion portion along a rotation direction of a rotation shaft of the driven portion.09-30-2010
20100231676Inkjet Recording Apparatus And Image Forming Apparatus - An inkjet recording apparatus to print onto a surface of a recording medium includes an endless rotation conveyance member with a plurality of through-holes; a suction unit to suction the recording medium on the surface of the endless rotation conveyance member; an ink discharge head including ink discharge nozzles; a blank discharge ink receiver to receive ink through the through-holes; a control unit to make the ink discharge nozzles discharge ink at a predetermined timing; and a fixed plate along an inner surface of the endless rotation conveyance member, the fixed plate including an opening formed in a position corresponding to the ink discharge nozzles and a through-hole. The blank discharge ink receiver is disposed corresponding to the opening of the fixed plate and in close contact with the fixed plate so that an inside space of the blank discharge receiver becomes a substantially closed space.09-16-2010
20100231675RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, including: a recording head; a conveyor belt for conveying the medium in a conveyance direction; an attraction device including: a base; a first electrode having first extending portions and a first connecting portion; a second electrode having second extending portions and a second connecting portion; and a protective film provided on the base to cover the electrodes, the attraction device being configured to permit the belt to generate an attractive force to attract the medium to the belt. The first connecting portion and the second connecting portion are located respectively on an upstream side and on a downstream side, of the head, in the conveyance direction. The first electrode and the protective film are bent such that the first connecting portion is located distant from the head by a distance larger than a distance by which the first extending portions are distant from the head.09-16-2010
20110249068SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - A second support member supports a first support member so that the first support member is movable between a predetermined first position and a second position at an upstream side of the first position in a conveying direction of a recording medium. The first support member is moved to the first position during conveyance of the recording medium by a first conveying section. The first support member is moved to the second position during non-conveyance of the recording medium by the first conveying section.10-13-2011
20120092431RECORDING MEDIUM CARRYING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM CARRYING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an apparatus includes a leading end gripper and a trailing end gripper provided on a drum. The leading end gripper is moved by a leading end gripper driving mechanism. The trailing end gripper switches between a standby position where this gripper is stopped relatively to the rotating drum and a grip position where this gripper rotates with the drum. The leading end gripper and a recording medium pass through an inside of the trailing end gripper stopped in the standby position. If a trailing end of the recording medium reaches the trailing end gripper, the trailing end gripper is released and switches to the grip position. Thus, the trailing end of the medium is held on the drum by the trailing end gripper. The trailing end gripper moves in a rotating direction of the drum while continuing nipping the trailing end of the medium.04-19-2012
20120092430PRINTERS AND DUPLEXERS FOR PRINTERS - Printers and duplexers are described herein. An example duplexer for a printer includes a print substrate path to guide a print substrate and a chamber to collect a fluid.04-19-2012
20120140011SHEET CUTTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SHEET CUTTING DEVICE - A sheet cutting device includes a cutter including opposed blades to cut a sheet fed along a sheet feed path to the device, a cutter holder holding the cutter and reciprocally movable in a width direction of the sheet perpendicular to a sheet feed direction in which the sheet is fed, and a guide member including a first path to guide the holder in the width direction of the sheet to cut the sheet with the cutter and a second path to guide the holder in the width direction after the sheet is cut. The second path is disposed away from the first path in a thickness direction of the sheet perpendicular to both the sheet feed direction and the width direction of the sheet. When the holder moves along the second path, the holder is retracted away from the sheet feed path in the thickness direction of the sheet.06-07-2012
20130010044LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting head is adapted to eject liquid toward a target medium. A transporter is adapted to transport a tray on which the target medium is mounted toward a region facing the liquid ejecting head via a transporting path. A tray guide is disposed in a front side of the liquid ejecting apparatus, and having a supporting face adapted to support the tray thereon. The tray guide is movable between a first position connecting the supporting face with the transporting path to allow the transporter to transport the tray to the transporting path and a second position escaping the supporting face from the transporting path. The supporting face is kept being parallel to the transporting path when the tray guide is moved between the first position and the second position.01-10-2013
20130010043METHOD OF CORRECTING CURL OF SHEET AND RECORDING APPARATUS - In a first step, a sheet is conveyed in a direction, whereby a leading end portion of the sheet is fed to a position between a decurl roller and a decurl pinch roller, which are in positions spaced apart from each other. In a second step, the leading end portion of the sheet is curved and held by causing the decurl pinch roller to come close to or press against the decurl roller. In a third step, the leading end portion of the sheet is withdrawn from between the decurl roller and the decurl pinch roller by conveying the sheet in a direction opposed to the conveying direction. After executing the first to third steps, the sheet is conveyed in the conveying direction through the first step while the sheet is curved by the decurl roller.01-10-2013
20130010042RIB PROFILE FOR REDUCED CONTACT PRESSURE IN A PRINTING DEVICE - A printing device component may include a base surface and a plurality of ribs extending away from the base surface. Each rib may include a nominal guiding surface, one or more primary transition surfaces, one or more secondary transition surfaces, and one or more angled surfaces. Each primary transition surface may begin at a top surface and end at a secondary transition surface. Each secondary transition surface may begin at a primary transition surface and end at an angled surface. Each angled surface may begin at a secondary transition surface and end at the base surface.01-10-2013
20110157289RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYANCE METHOD AND APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The recording medium conveyance method of conveying a cut sheet of a recording medium, includes the steps of: holding the cut sheet on a circumferential surface of a conveyance body and conveying the cut sheet in a conveyance direction by rotating the conveyance body, the conveyance body being one of a drum and a belt, a back surface of the cut sheet being in contact with the circumferential surface of the conveyance body; and pressing a pressing member to a front surface of the cut sheet held on the circumferential surface of the conveyance body, to apply pressing force to the cut sheet to make the cut sheet close contact with the circumferential surface of the conveyance body, while controlling the pressing force so as to decrease the pressing force from a leading end of the cut sheet toward a trailing end of the cut sheet in terms of the conveyance direction.06-30-2011
20110157288RECORDING APPARATUS AND LINE TYPE LIQUID DISCHARGE RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a recording head performing recording onto a recording sheet; a platen section guiding the recording sheet to a position facing the recording head; a suction unit which includes a plurality of suction openings provided at the platen section and sucks and holds the recording sheet, a suction duct provided facing the suction openings, and a suction fan connected to the suction duct, and sucks and holds the recording sheet on the platen section through the suction openings; and a shutter mechanism which opens and closes the suction duct, wherein the shutter mechanism includes a shutter sheet in which at least one exposure opening portion exposing the suction duct is formed corresponding to the width of the recording sheet, and a shutter sheet movement mechanism which makes the shutter sheet travel between the suction duct and a back surface of the platen section.06-30-2011
20110157286FLUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A fluid ejecting apparatus includes a fluid ejecting head that ejects fluid onto a target; a passing-flow-path forming member that forms a passing flow path through which the target and gas can pass from the upstream side to the downstream side in the transportation direction on the downstream side of the fluid ejecting head in the target transportation direction; a first blower that blows gas toward the downstream side in the transportation direction onto a first surface of the target in the passing flow path immediately after the first surface receives fluid ejected from the fluid ejecting head; and a second blower that blows gas toward the downstream side in the transportation direction onto a second surface of the target in the passing flow path, the second surface being opposite the first surface.06-30-2011
20110157285MEDIUM FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - A medium feeding apparatus including: a feeding mechanism including a feeding member and configured to feed the recording medium; an adsorbing unit including first and second electrodes facing the feeding member and configured to adsorb the recording medium to the feeding member; first and second surface layer members respectively having higher volume resistivities than the first and second electrodes and respectively stacked on the first and second electrodes; and first and second low resistance members respectively having lower volume resistivities than the first and second surface layer members and respectively fixed to the first and second surface layer members at positions between the respective first and second surface layer members and the feeding member, wherein the first low resistance member and the second low resistance member are distant from each other.06-30-2011
20130135413Ink-Jet Recording Apparatus and Platen Apparatus - There is provided an ink jet recording apparatus including: a platen, a contact portion disposed between a pair of first ribs of the plurality of first ribs with respect to a scanning direction. A lower end of the contact portion is located lower than each upper end of the pair of first ribs. The platen includes a second rib disposed between one first rib of the pair of first ribs and the contact portion with respect to the scanning direction, and an upper end of the second rib is located lower than the upper end of the one first rib of the pair of first ribs and higher than the lower end of the contact portion.05-30-2013
20130135415TENSION MODULE FOR WIDE FORMAT INKJET PRINTERS - Systems and methods for wide format ink printing are described. In one embodiment, a tension module for wide format inkjet printers is described which includes a throughput roller comprising a material having a length to diameter ratio of at least 10:1 and a friction coefficient value less than 1. The tension module further includes a plurality of pinch rollers adjacent to and supporting the throughput roller, and a motor operable to rotate the throughput roller. The plurality of pinch rollers and the rotation of the throughput roller in combination are operable to draw the print medium between the plurality of pinch rollers and the throughput roller.05-30-2013
20130135414IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - Disclosed is an image forming device including a carriage including recording heads and sub-tanks; a platen having a conveyance surface; flexible tubes for supplying liquids to the sub-tanks, the flexible tubes being extended along a main scanning direction above the platen, wherein extended portions of the flexible tubes are folded at middle portions of extended portions in the main scanning direction; first and second tube guides that support the folded extended portions of the flexible tubes, wherein the flexible tubes are arranged in a height direction, wherein the first tube guide is disposed at a position higher than that of the second tube guide, and wherein the tubes are supported by a thin plate-like sheet member formed of an elastic material.05-30-2013
20130135412Ink-Jet Recording Apparatus - There is provided an ink-jet recording apparatus including: a transporting roller; a driven roller provided opposite the transporting roller to sandwich the recording medium between the driven roller and the transporting roller, while moving in an approaching-departuring direction based on a thickness of the recording medium; a first biasing member biasing the driven roller to the transporting roller; a platen; a recording portion configured to jet ink droplets from nozzles; and a cooperative portion moving along with the movement of the driven roller in the approaching-departuring direction to move the platen.05-30-2013
20130135410Image Recording Apparatus - An image recording apparatus includes a recording section which is provided over a transport passage for transporting a sheet in a transport direction and which has nozzles for discharging an ink onto the sheet; a platen which is provided under the recording section with the transport passage intervening therebetween and which has a plurality of ribs provided to support the sheet while being separated from each other in a widthwise direction of the transport passage perpendicular to the transport direction, the respective ribs protruding upwardly and extending in the transport direction; and a plurality of holding members which are provided to be positioned between the plurality of ribs in the widthwise direction of the transport passage over the platen on an upstream side in the transport direction from the nozzles and which abut against an upper surface of the sheet and press the sheet toward the platen.05-30-2013
20130135409Inkjet Recording Apparatus - An image forming apparatus may include a mechanism for forming a corrugated shape in a sheet to be conveyed. The mechanism may include various components include one or more pressing portions, one or more ribs, one or more discharge rollers, a switching mechanism and the like. In one arrangement, ribs and pressing portions configured to create the corrugated shape may be disposed at various locations upstream or downstream of the platen, recording portion and/or nozzles thereof. In one example, pressing portions may be disposed both upstream and downstream of the nozzles of the recording portion to maintain a corrugated shape in the conveyed sheet. Various other configurations may be used.05-30-2013
20120242769PRINTER MEDIA OUTPUT AND INPUT TRAY CONFIGURATION - A printing apparatus includes a media input tray including a surface for holding media; and a media output tray including a first edge and a second edge opposite the first edge, the media output tray includes a first position such that the first edge is located at a first distance h09-27-2012
20080239053IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus includes a recording head, first and second rollers, an endless conveyor belt wound around the first and second rollers to convey a recording medium from the first to the second roller, a first adsorber giving adsorptivity for the recording medium toward an outer surface of the conveyor belt at least in a region thereof opposed to the recording head, a third roller disposed at a position opposite to the first roller across the second roller, and an endless separation belt wound around the second and third rollers. An outer surface of the endless separation belt has adsorptivity lower than the adsorptivity given by the first adsorber. The endless separation belt receives the recording medium from the conveyor belt and conveys the recording medium from the second roller to the third roller while supporting the recording medium on the surface thereof.10-02-2008
20120249707IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD - An image recording apparatus including: first and second trays on each of which a recording medium is placed; first and second rollers respectively for the first and second trays; a recording head mounted on a carriage; a drive source; a switching portion switchable to a first posture and a second posture by its contact with the carriage to change transmission of a drive power of the drive source; and a control section configured, where a switching processing is required for switching a target of the transmission of the drive power by moving the carriage to contact the switching portion to change its posture, to start the switching processing in image recording on one recording medium and then to execute a forward and reverse rotation processing for rotating the drive source forwardly and reversely.10-04-2012
20130113869INKJET PRINTER - An Inkjet printer includes a movable conveyance belt, a first charging device, and a second charging device. Upon the conveyance belt, a recording medium is placed and conveyed at a given conveyance speed in a longitudinal, conveyance direction of the belt. The first charging device is disposed in contact with the belt while supplied with a first alternating current voltage to create a first electrified portion in the conveyance belt where positive and negative electric charges are arranged alternately with each other in the conveyance direction for electrostatically attracting the recording medium to the belt. The second charging device is disposed adjacent the belt to contact the recording medium conveyed on the belt while supplied with a second alternating current voltage to create a second electrified portion in the recording medium for cancelling an electric field originating from the first electrified portion of the belt.05-09-2013
20130100223SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising: a sheet conveyance path; a loop forming unit that is disposed on the sheet conveyance path and bends, in a loop, the sheet to be conveyed; and a guide unit that is stepwise high at both sides whereas low at the center, as viewed in a sheet conveyance direction, and extends in the sheet conveyance direction, wherein the sheet sagging in the loop by the loop forming unit enters a guide region being defined between opposite guide faces of paired steps in the stepwise guide unit and having a width according to the width of the sheet, so that the side edges of the sheet abut against the guide faces, thus correcting the skewing of the sheet in the sheet conveyance direction.04-25-2013
20130100222PRINTING APPARATUS - A decision is made for each page as to whether to allow image printing on that page, by comparing the remaining sheet length DL with a length of an image about to be printed, IL. A length of a non-printed, rear-end cut sheet is also checked to determine whether the non-printed cut sheet needs to be further cut into smaller sheets. This arrangement can prevent a complete image to be printed in one page from being broken and only partly printed in the last portion of a paper roll, ensure that printed cut sheets and non-printed cut sheets are stably conveyed and discharged and enable the non-printed cut sheets to be almost equal in size so that they can be properly accommodated in the associated tray.04-25-2013
20110267413MEDIUM TRANSPORT ROLLER, RECORDING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MEDIUM TRANSPORT ROLLER - In a recording apparatus that performs the recording on a medium to be recorded, a transport driving roller as a medium transport roller taking charge of the transportation of the medium to be recorded is formed by machining a plate material in a cylindrical shape. On its outer peripheral surface, in a transport region adjoining a piece of paper, through holes are formed to penetrate in a thickness direction of a hollow shaft. Thus paper powder attached to the paper is introduced from the through hole into the inner portion of the hollow shaft and is discharged through the hole to a lower portion of the hollow shaft. Consequently, it is possible to prevent the paper powder from being reattached or scattered to the paper without separately providing a special component, thus preventing or suppressing the paper powder from being attached to the recording head.11-03-2011
20130127967METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOADING A PRINTING SUBSTRATE - According to one example of the present invention there is provided a printing system for printing on a substrate supported on a substrate support. The printing system comprises a plurality of substrate support sections each having an array of orifices selectively in fluid communication with a vacuum source. A controller is configured to apply vacuum pressure from the vacuum source to different ones of the substrate support sections in accordance with a vacuum activation program.05-23-2013
20130169726PRINTER HAVING FIXED VACUUM PLATEN AND MOVING BELT ASSEMBLY - A printer includes: a fixed printhead assembly defining a print zone; a drive roller for feeding media along a media path and into the print zone, the drive roller being positioned upstream of the print zone; a fixed vacuum platen for receiving the media from the drive roller, the fixed vacuum platen being positioned in the print zone opposite the fixed printhead assembly; and a moving belt assembly positioned downstream of the print zone for receiving the media from the fixed vacuum platen.07-04-2013
20130169725MEDIA CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND PRINTING DEVICE - A printing device has a guide roller that guides a print medium in a conveyance direction; an intersect roller pair that holds the print medium guided by the guide roller between a first roller that rotates on an axis of rotation in the conveyance direction of the print medium and a second roller that rotates on an axis of rotation that intersects the axis of rotation of the first roller; a conveyance roller pair that conveys the print medium held by the intersect roller pair in the conveyance direction by a conveyance drive roller driven by a drive means and a conveyance follower roller that rotates with the conveyance drive roller; and a print unit that prints on the print medium conveyed by the conveyance roller pair.07-04-2013
20130135411Ink-Jet Recording Apparatus - There is provided an ink-jet recording apparatus including: a first transporting portion provided in a first transport path; a support member configured to support the sheet; a recording portion; a plurality of contact portions configured to come into contact with the sheet; a plurality of support ribs; a second transporting portion provided in a second transport path connected with the first transport path; and a third transporting portion configured to sandwich and transport the sheet in the first transporting direction or toward the second transport path. On the upstream side to the second transporting portion in the second transporting direction, a projecting portion is formed with the upper guide member to project toward the lower guide member below a virtual line linking a nip position of the sheet due to the third transporting portion with another nip position of the sheet due to the second transporting portion.05-30-2013
20130141505ACTINIC ENERGY RADIATION CURABLE INKJET INK AND ACTINIC ENERGY RADIATION CURABLE INKJET RECORDING METHOD - Provided are an actinic energy radiation curable ink, which can achieve a high fineness and natural glossiness when recording is carried out onto a non-absorptive recording medium such as a film or a laminated paper or a slightly absorptive recording medium such as a coated paper; and an actinic energy radiation curable inkjet recording method. This actinic energy radiation curable ink, which is to be used in inkjet recording, is characterized by: said actinic energy radiation curable ink undergoing reversible sol/gel phase transition depending on temperature; said actinic energy radiation curable ink containing from 1% or more by mass to less than 10% by mass of a gelling agent; and, at temperature Tm (° C.) that is separately defined, the storage elastic modulus (G′) of the actinic energy radiation curable ink being from 0.1 or more Pa to less than 1000 Pa and the storage elastic modulus (G′) being smaller than the loss elastic modulus (G″) thereof.06-06-2013
20110216141LIQUID DROPLET DISCHARGING APPARATUS - The liquid droplet discharging apparatus has an image formation area, a workpiece exchange area, a set table that has a slider and is configured to support a workpiece thereon, and a guide section configured to guide a movement of the set table between the image formation area and the workpiece exchange area by guiding the slider. The guide section is divided into two sections corresponding to the image formation area and the workpiece exchange area.09-08-2011
20080198214Recording apparatus - A recording apparatus has a recording medium feeding mechanism for feeding a recording medium by one at a time, a recording head for performing recording, a discharging roller having a discharging driven roller and a discharge driving roller and a recording medium stacker capable of being changed to a first position in which recording is performed on a hard recording medium and a second position in which recording is performed on a recording medium fed by the recording medium feeding mechanism, wherein the discharging driven roller is in contact with the discharge driving roller in case the recording medium stacker is in second position, and the discharging driven roller is separated from a recording medium transfer path in case the recording medium stacker is in first position.08-21-2008
20110273524IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus configured to record images on front and back surfaces of a sheet, including: a head which ejects ink onto the sheet for recording; a sheet-supply roller which contacts the sheet so as to transfer the sheet for supplying to the head; a sheet-supply path which is provided between the sheet-supply roller and the head, which has a U-shape, and through which the sheet is transferred such that one of surfaces thereof opposite to the other of the surfaces contacted by the sheet-supply roller faces the head; and a sheet-stopping control section configured to control the sheet-supply roller such that the sheet transferred by the sheet-supply roller is stopped for a first time in the sheet-supply path in a state in which the sheet is deformed so as to have a U-shape, after an image has been recorded on the front surface of the sheet and before an image is recorded on the back surface thereof.11-10-2011
20100309271TRANSFERRED MEDIUM - A transferred medium is provided. In one exemplary embodiment a transferred medium includes a projection part projected in a transferring direction. The projection part can be integrally formed at a front end of the transferred medium. The transferred medium can have a plate shape that can be nipped between a feed driving roller that is rotationally driven and a feed driven roller that is rotationally driven in contact with the feed driving roller. The transferred medium can also be configured to be transferred in the transferring direction with the rotation of the feed driving roller. Further, the transferred medium can include a plurality of the projection parts at its front end in a direction perpendicular to the transferring direction of the transferred medium with a predetermined pitch. Other embodiments of a transferred medium are also disclosed.12-09-2010
20110242247RECORDING DEVICE - A medium cassette includes a slidable cassette pull-out part and is capable of being lengthened and shortened, and a medium tray has a first pull-out part slidably provided to a tray base, the medium tray can be lengthened and shortened, and the medium tray is detachably provided to the top of the medium cassette. The cassette pull-out part is provided with a first engaging protrusion and a second engaging protrusion which engage with the tray base, and inclined surfaces are formed on both sides in the detachment direction of these engaging protrusions. The designs of these inclined surfaces, of the heights of the protrusions, and of other features make it possible to perform the operations of lengthening/shortening and installing/detaching the medium cassette and the medium tray separately from the other component's side without restriction, even while the medium cassette and the medium tray are engaged together.10-06-2011
20110242246Image Recording Apparatus - An image recording apparatus including: a recording portion; a tray on which a first recording medium is placed; a convey path for conveying a second recording medium and the tray; a tray guide changeable among (a) a first posture in which the tray guide supports the tray such that the tray can enter into the convey path, (b) a second posture whose position is different from that of the first posture in a direction intersecting the convey path, and the tray guide is located on a downstream side of the position of the first posture in a tray-enter direction, and (c) a third posture in which an upstream portion of the tray guide in the tray-enter direction is nearer to the convey path than that in the second posture; a first posture-change portion which changes the tray guide from the second to the third posture; and a second posture-change portion which changes the tray guide from the third to the first posture.10-06-2011
20110242245TRANSPORT APARATUS, RECORDING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF LOADING A RECORDING MEDIUM - Provided are a transport apparatus and a printer capable of transporting a recording medium with no slack even when a disturbance or the like has occurred, and maintaining horizontal attitudes of tension bars, as well as easy loading of the recording medium and easy placing of the tension bars after the recording medium is loaded. The tension bars apply tensions in a transport direction and in a direction perpendicular to the transport direction to the recording medium in a roll shape that is fed from a feeding roll and wound up onto a take-up roll. Accordingly, predetermined tensions are applied to the recording medium. Before the recording medium is loaded, the tension bars are supported at retrieval positions, respectively, and the respective tension bars are placed at predetermined positions after the recording medium is loaded, with the result that the recording medium may be loaded with ease.10-06-2011
20110234732DOT-MATRIX PRINTER - A dot-matrix printer comprises a main frame, a first movable frame, and a second movable frame, wherein the main frame supports a printer head; the first movable frame supports a platen and a first paper feeding roller, and is pivotally connected to one end of the main frame via a first pivot shaft to permit itself to be opened or closed relative to the main frame; the second movable frame supports a second paper feeding roller, and is pivotally connected to the other end of the main frame via a second pivot shaft to permit itself to be opened or closed relative to the main frame; and wherein when the first movable frame and the second movable frame are closed relative to the main frame, the printer head is opposite to the platen to form a printing position; and the first paper feeding roller is tangent to the second paper feeding roller. The dot-matrix printer according to the present invention has two movable frames. The first paper feeding roller and the second paper feeding roller are provided in these two movable frames, respectively. The above movable frames can rotate about the main frame to be opened, avoiding the inconvenience of replacing the ink ribbon and cleaning the printer head in the prior art.09-29-2011
20110234731RECORDING DEVICE - Paper jams and paper cutting problems are prevented by limiting sideways movement of the recording medium because wrinkles and sags in the recording medium produced by pulling sideways on the recording medium are caught by a notch unit. A recording device that pulls and records on a recording medium that is wound in a roll has a discharge guide unit that forms a discharge path for the recorded recording medium. The discharge guide unit has a discharge guide surface facing a surface of the recording medium, and has a notch unit disposed to the discharge-side end of the discharge guide surface.09-29-2011
20110234730MEDIUM CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MEDIUM CONVEYANCE METHOD - A medium conveyance apparatus includes: a medium supporting device having a medium supporting surface which supports a rear surface of a medium opposite to a processing object surface; a gripping device which grips a leading end portion of the medium; a fastening device which fastens at least a non-gripped portion of the medium; a conveyance device which conveys the medium held by at least one of the gripping device and the fastening device to a processing region where a processing is performed to the processing object surface; and a control device which controls the gripping device such that after the gripping device has gripped the leading end portion and before the leading end portion arrives at the processing region, at least a part of the gripping device is temporarily opened and then the part of the gripping device having been opened is closed to grip the leading end portion again.09-29-2011
20120281051DEVICE FOR HOLDING AND CARRYING ALONG A SUBSTRATE TO BE PRINTED ON AND A PRINTING MACHINE - A device for holding and carrying along a substrate to be printed on, for a printing machine, comprising: a conveyor (11-08-2012
20120281050Inkjet Printer - The invention provides, as an aspect thereof, an inkjet printer that connects a vacuum fan on the printer case side and a vacuum platen on the cover side through a short vacuum path. The platen moves in conjunction with the cover of the roll paper compartment. The platen is a vacuum platen having vacuum regions, suction holes, and a platen-side air path on the platen side, and a vacuum fan and a vacuum duct that connects the vacuum fan to the suction unit of the platen on the printer case side. The vacuum duct is disconnected from the suction unit of the platen when the platen moves in conjunction with the cover, and the length of the vacuum duct can therefore be short, corresponding to the distance between the intake opening of the vacuum fan and the suction unit of the platen when the cover is closed.11-08-2012
20130182058TRACTOR, TRACTOR UNIT, AND RECORDING DEVICE - Plural tractors that convey recording media in a recording device can be disposed in close proximity to each other. A tractor module 07-18-2013
20110279619MEDIA CLEARANCE MECHANISM FOR PRINTER - A media clearance mechanism for a printer, the media clearance mechanism having a door hingedly mounted to a body of the printer which can be opened to expose a media width of a media path to a media width printhead of the printer; a media diverter mounted to the door such that when the door is in a closed position the door and the diverter define guiding portions of the path, the diverter being pivotally mounted to the door so that the diverter pivots out of the way upon opening of the door; and a displacement mechanism configured to retract the diverter with the opening movement of the door and to reposition the diverter for media guiding with the closing movement of the door11-17-2011
20110285802PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus includes a first transport belt group including endless belts arranged at predetermined intervals in a direction intersecting a transport direction of a printing medium, a second transport belt group including endless belts arranged so as to oppose the first transport belt group and configured to transport the printing medium while the printing medium is clamped between the first transport belt group and the second transport belt group, and a group of liquid ejecting heads provided between the endless belts of the first transport belt group or between the endless belts of the second transport belt group and configured to eject liquid onto the printing medium being transported.11-24-2011
20110310207IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE - An image recording device comprises a housing, a sheet cassette, a recording unit, and a convey path defining member. The housing has an opening. The sheet cassette is configured to hold therein sheets and configured to be inserted into and removed from the housing through the opening. The recording unit is configured to record an image on a sheet conveyed from the sheet cassette along a convey path. The convey path defining member is configured to pivot, about a pivot shaft supported by the housing, between a guiding position for forming a guide surface that defines a part of the convey path, and an exposing position for exposing the part of the convey path to the opening. The convey path defining member is configured to pivot in response to insertion and removal of the sheet cassette.12-22-2011
20110310206IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus including: a first conveying path for guiding a recording medium in a conveying direction; a recording portion configured to record an image on the recording medium guided by the first conveying path; a tray provided below the recording portion so as to accommodate the recording medium; a supplying roller configured to supply the recording medium accommodated by the tray to the first conveying path; a first arm provided above the tray, wherein the supplying roller is provided on a distal end of the first arm; a first frame configured to support the recording portion; and a second frame provided separately from the first frame and configured to support the first arm.12-22-2011
20130188000LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - The liquid ejecting apparatus includes a transport unit that transports a medium, an ink jet head that ejects ink onto the medium, and a recording-medium support unit having a support surface on which the medium is supported. The support surface has suction holes, which are located outside a print area in which the ink is ejected.07-25-2013
20110316951RECORDING DEVICE - A recording device includes a device body, a roll accommodating unit accommodating a roll that is a long recording medium wound up into a roll shape, the roll accommodating unit being provided to an exterior of the device body, a recording head that performs recording on the recording medium unwound and conveyed from the roll accommodated in the roll accommodating unit, an ejection conveying unit that ejects the recording medium subjected to recording by the recording head out of the device body, and a carrying unit on which the recording medium ejected by the ejection conveying unit is carried. The carrying unit is formed by a top surface of the device body and a topside surface in a vertical direction of the roll accommodating unit.12-29-2011
20120019606IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: a conveyance drum which has a round cylindrical shape including an outer circumferential surface having a medium holding section, and rotates in a prescribed direction while holding a medium in tight contact on the medium holding section so as to convey the medium in a circumferential direction; a pressing device which presses the medium against the medium holding section so as to establish tight contact between the medium and the medium holding section, when causing the medium to make tight contact with the medium holding section; a holding force generating device which generates a holding force that holds the medium on the medium holding section; and a liquid ejection head which ejects a liquid onto the medium held on the medium holding section, wherein: the conveyance drum has a level difference section which is provided on at least one side, in an axial direction of the conveyance drum, with respect to a central portion in the axial direction of the conveyance drum, the level difference section having a larger diameter than the central portion so as to project beyond an outer circumferential surface of the central portion; and the level difference section has a length, in the circumferential direction, smaller than a length of the medium holding section in the circumferential direction.01-26-2012
20130194368TRANSPORT MEDIA BY APPLICATION OF NOMINAL TENSION AND ENHANCED TENSION THERETO - A media transport method includes applying a nominal tension to a media extending between and in contact with a media drive roller of a drive roller assembly and a media output roller of an output roller assembly by the media output roller. The media transport method also includes advancing the media toward and away from a media support member disposed between the media drive roller and the media output roller and in contact with the media by the media drive roller. The media transport method also includes determining whether the media drive roller is in a rotating state within a predetermined time period after being in a non-rotating state by a restart period determination module and a kinematic condition exists corresponding to a non-synchronized state between rotation of the media drive roller and the media output roller by a kinetic condition determination module.08-01-2013
20130201267IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ASSEMBLY SYSTEM OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a sheet feed conveying unit having an outlet for a recording medium on one side; at least one image forming unit having an inlet for the recording medium on one side and an outlet for the recording medium on the other side; and a sheet eject conveying unit having an inlet for the recording medium on one side, wherein the sheet feed conveying unit, the image forming unit, and the sheet eject conveying unit are arranged along a conveying direction of the recording medium; the outlet of the sheet feed conveying unit matches the inlet of the image forming unit; the outlet of the image forming unit matches the inlet of the sheet eject conveying unit; and the sheet feed conveying unit, the image forming unit, and the sheet eject conveying unit are connected to each other in a separable manner.08-08-2013
20120069116HINGE STRIPS FOR PRINTER PAPER - The present invention provides a page for binding in an album. The page includes a blank, printer paper sheet and a hinge strip mounted along an edge of the printer paper sheet, the hinge strip including a flexible line for allowing the hinge strip to bend along the flexible line and a portion for binding to an album. The paper sheet and the hinge strip are adapted to go through a printer together to provide a ready-to-bind printed page.03-22-2012
20120081490Recording Apparatus - A recording apparatus according to the invention includes an ink jet recording head that records onto a recording medium; a paper cassette that holds the recording medium in alignment with the vertical direction; an inverting path unit that inverts the transport direction of the recording medium fed out from the paper cassette; and a downstream-side path unit that transports the recording medium from the inverting path unit toward the paper cassette.04-05-2012
20120081488TRAY UNIT AND IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE - A tray unit includes a first tray, a second tray, and a cover. The first tray includes a first holding surface for holding thereon a first sheet. The second tray includes a second holding surface for holding thereon a second sheet. The second tray is configured to slide above and along the first holding surface between a first second-tray position and a second second-tray position, and is configured to pivot between the second second-tray position and a third second-tray position in which the second tray stands upward with respect to the first holding surface. The cover is configured to cover from above at least a part of the second tray when the second tray is in the second second-tray position, and is configured to pivot between a first cover position in which the cover extends along the first holding surface and a second cover position in which the cover stands upward with respect to the first holding surface.04-05-2012
20130093822RECORDING APPARATUS - The recording apparatus includes a recording head that performs recording on paper which is fed along for manual bypass, a pair of feeding roller that is rotated in a forward direction and a reverse direction by drive force from a PF motor and feeds the paper to the recording head by the rotation in the forward direction, and a load applying mechanism that is placed at an upstream side further than the pair of feeding roller and gives load for suppressing the movement to the upstream side with respect to the paper, a leading end of which is returned to the upstream side by the rotation of the pair of feeding roller in the reverse direction, and a bending permission space that permits bending of the paper is interposed between the pair of feeding roller and the load applying mechanism.04-18-2013
20130093823LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE - A liquid ejection device includes a first rolled medium accommodation unit, a second rolled medium accommodation unit and a liquid ejection head. The first rolled medium accommodation unit is configured to accommodate a rolled medium, the first rolled medium accommodation unit being movable along a first path. The second rolled medium accommodation unit is configured to accommodate the rolled medium, the second rolled medium accommodation unit being movable along a second path. The liquid ejection head is configured to eject an ink as a liquid onto a medium supplied by being unwound from the rolled medium.04-18-2013
20130208065LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE - A liquid ejection device includes a transport unit, a medium support unit and a liquid ejection head. The medium support unit includes a plurality of first recesses and a plurality of second recesses arranged on a medium support surface along a width direction orthogonal to a transport direction. The first and second recesses are configured and arranged to be imparted with negative pressure. A width dimension of an opening of the first recess in the width direction is larger on the downstream side than on an upstream side. A width dimension of an opening of the second recess in the width direction is smaller than the width dimension of the opening of the first recess in the width direction on the downstream side with respect to the transport direction. The second recesses are configured and arranged to accept the liquid ejected toward the ejection medium from the liquid ejection head.08-15-2013

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